Friendly Fires’ 2011 release Pala wasn’t my favorite, but there were a couple of songs that I enjoyed off of it; the other day I saw that London producer SBTRKT (whose debut, self-titled album was one of my favorites of last year) had covered “Blue Cassette,” – one of those couple of songs I enjoyed from Pala, so I was forced to take a listen.
The cover was done for a BBC Radio 1 show called Live Lounge, in addition to a version of “Hold On” from SBTRKT. In this particular live setting, the artists are able to make their electronic wares seem more intimate; “Hold On” is stretched from its normal, 3.5 minute length on the album to over 7 minutes here, and while the Friendly Fires cover is fairly faithful lengthwise, it relies more on Sampha’s vocals than the blast of instrumentation of the original. Listening to the two play live, it’s obvious that the chemistry between SBTRKT and Sampha is undeniable.
The live version of “Hold On” is available for download through the Young Turks Soundcloud page as well.
SBTRKT // Blue Cassette (Friendly Fires Cover) (Live on BBC Radio 1) [mp3]