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Top 10: Dance Music Cover Versions

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Everyone loves to hear their favourite song covered and performed in a slightly different way, right?

Renditions and repurposed twists prove that all forms of music are actually all connected in some manor (even if the opinions of those listening are not).

On Monday we posted an orchestral cover of trance/meme anthem Darude – Sandstorm. Performed by an accordion quintet, it took the track in yet another bizarre direction.

Inspired, we’ve unearthed 10 more dance music cover versions that take the originals into a whole new dimension. From Flux Pavilion pianos solos to Calvin Harris re-imagined as a folk joint, here are 10 classics as you’ve never heard them before…

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Skrillex – Bangarang! (Covered by The Unsung Heroine)

The Unsung Heroine is something of a YouTube sensation. Here she proves how far out of context Skrillex’s music can be taken and to stunning effect! Who ever thought Skrillex could be heard at a classical concert– she is certainly making it possible.

SBTRKT – Wildfire (covered by – Jeni)

The multi-talented Jeni creates a flawless cover of SBTRKT’s Wildfire. By looping each section, she provides a perfect melody before rapping the verses then singing the chorus for us. Is there literally anything Jeni can’t do? It sure doesn’t seem like it

Skrillex – Scary Monsters & Nice Spirits (Covered by Igor Presnyakov) 

Igor Presnyakov shows us all what Skrillex would sound like if you took away all his electronic gear and left him a guitar. In terms of atmosphere, they’re at two different sides of the spectrum!

Avicii – Levels (Covered by That One Eyed Kid)

Another rendition of one of EDMs most definitive tracks covered on piano. That One Eyed Kid’s version of the club classic would be suitable for any concert hall or even in the background at the classiest of restaurants – a far cry from the festival sound system Avicii’s original is used to.

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Covered by Mumford & Sons)

Mumford & Sons here, covering Calvin’s 2009 number one smasher in the best way they know how; through their energetic up-beat country style, tempting the listener to grab their partner by the side and hoedown!

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Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop (Covered by The Unsung Heroine) 

She’s back! We couldn’t leave this one out. As if covering Skrillex isn’t enough, The Unsung Heroine returns to our list with another simply flawless version of one of our favourites; Flux Pavilion. What’s even more impressive is that she reportedly plays her covers by ear!

Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember (Covered by Paul Rahme)

Again we’re witnesses to another gracious rendition of a classic dance track. With Paul Rahme tickling the ivories to sublime effect. Tomorrowland headliner 2016 you say?

David Guetta – Without You ft. Usher (Covered by The Piano Guys)

These guys make it look so easy don’t they? The ever popular Piano Guys perform David Guetta’s Without You on the piano and cellos, all with a gleaming smile on their face.

TNGHT – Higher Ground/Rudimental – Feel The Love (Covered by Faith SFX Vs Dev)  

When Faith SFX and Radio 1’s Dev got together, something pretty special happened. The mastered vocals of Faith SFX provide the body to Dev’s keys and piano works. Here they cover festival favourites Higher Ground and Feel the Love to great effect. 

Aphex Twin – Windowlicker (Covered by BinkBeats)

Is BinkBeats is some sort of extra-terrestrial? His technique and ability to multitask with a range of instruments in such quick time is baffling. This cover of Windowlicker by Aphex Twin (a masterpiece in its own right) is ridiculously on point.

BONUS BEATS: Noisia – Shellshock (Covered By Ben Anderson)

Hear the drummer get wicked. Literally. We’re not sure if this officially can be classed as a cover, or just a hugely talented sticksman slamming to the tune of Noisia’s Shellshock. Either way, it’s awesome, so we’ve included it last minute.