While January has effectively lived up to its London billing as a month as drab musically as it is meteorologically, they’re having a topsy-turvy time of it down under if recent triple j Like A Version sessions are anything to go by. First there was dear ol’ Sharon doing Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ People Ain’t No Good, and now there’s this: David Longstreth’s Dirty Projectors reinterpreting Usher’s heady, chart-glooping Climax. Still swinging high off ‘Magellan by the sounds of it, he’s joined on the track by the band’s female contingent as his smooth and lozenge-like vocal is smothered by the suitably bluesy croons of other half Amber Coffman and the supreme harmonies of Haley Dekle and Olga Bell. As innovatory as it is recurrently intriguing, it’s a rework approaching the acme of all cover versions as it traces previously invisible parallels between the mainstream and the comparatively trickly dribble of indie.
DOWNLOAD: Dirty Projectors, Climax (Usher cover).