Brighton’s impeccable Tru Thoughts label has released Covers 3 – the third instalment of the label’s Covers compilation series, compiled by A&R, label co-founder and renowned DJ Robert Luis. The release brings together unique and captivating cover versions by past and present artists on the roster, which have been released and loved as album tracks, singles or one-offs alongside exclusive reworkings.
As well as many of these covers being pressed to vinyl for the first time there is an exclusive unreleased tune that has been sought out and signed specifically for this compilation; Adam Prescott and Deemas J’s collaborative flip of Peter Rock & CL Smooth’s – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y). Speaking with Robert Luis about curating the first Tru Thoughts Covers release in five years, he explained how the series showcases another spectrum and dimension to the label:
“I find it fascinating how different artists re-work songs that are known in one genre and flip it to another place or update a song for a new audience within a genre,” he said.W”e always get interesting feedback and support for the covers, and it is always enjoyable putting them out into the world. We are now into the third volume of this series of compilations, and I feel these albums highlight a different creative side of Tru Thoughts artists who most of the time are writing original material.”
The LP will be released digitally and on a limited run of 500 hand-numbered ice cream coloured vinyl (+ download card with all 18 tracks) today (Fri 6 Nov).
Covers 3 features adaptations of originals from a host of iconic artists including afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti; peripheral soul figure William DeVaughn; pre-eminent jazz fusion band Weather Report; American music innovator Duke Ellington; anthemic jungle duo Shy FX & Apache; golden age hip-hop duet Pete Rock & CL Smooth; idiosyncratic and elliptical singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, plus many more. Tru Thoughts Covers 3 makes for an exceptional listen, recontextualising well-loved classics with a fresh edge.
Tru Thoughts familiar faces stepping up to the Covers plate include cover rearrangement aficionados Hot 8 Brass Band, Sly5thAve, Magic Drum Orchestra and Quantic, alongside J-Felix, sUb_modU, Soul Central, Jesse Fischer, Mark de Clive-Lowe, The Seshen, Animanz and Pieces of a Man plus Carolina Lins & Os Planatos with their infectiously lively Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) reworking of the Kaiser Chiefs’ classic I Predict A Riot (as featured on the soundtrack of ‘Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football’).