Calling all vaguely musical Bloc Party fans...this is the chance for you to get your Bloc Party covers heard. All you have to do is record your version of any Bloc Party song - it could be a solo project or a band effort - and send it here.
There are no other restrictions, so express yourself in whatever way you so desire. If that means playing a recorder through your nose, then so be it! Banjos, accordions, finger cymbals and xylophones are also more than welcome, so get your creative juices flowing!
The best/most original cover versions will be added to the 'BLAG PARTY' collection for everyone to hear, and the plan is to send the Bloc boys a CD so that they can hear the fruits of your labour.
THE PROJECT SO FAR...
A beautiful version of 'Banquet' sent in by Slowbear The Great (a.k.a. Joe O'Callaghan). This bedroom recording uses double tracked vocals, giving it a smoky, Elliott Smith-esque feel. It's completely different to the original track (Banquet isn't a song you'd expect to hear an acoustic rendition of!) but it works extremely well.
2.The 90's - So Here We Are
The 90's is the work of Samuel Hemmilä from Sweden. He created this Lemon Jelly-esque remix by looping the hook of the song (the guitar parts in the beginning) whilst generating new beats and structure from scratch.
Igor Kurtagic, who resides in Sarajevo, Bosnia, has reworked the original 'Blue Light' into a lighters-aloft electro-anthem. The vocal melody of the original track is the only recognizable element – he's opted for piano loops, bass and beats instead of guitars.
Matoran (the pseudonym of Richard Sallis from Australia) has covered this extremely rare Bloc Party song, no mean feat considering it only exists in the form of this grainy video. Matoran chose this track because it's one of his favourite Bloc songs and he wanted to hear a studio version, even if that meant having to record it himself!
Tempera[mental] (Gordi Shephard from Surrey, England) created this 'electremo' cover of 'Like Eating Glass' on his laptop using just a keyboard, a microphone and some nifty software. It's Bloc Party meets Daft Punk meets The Postal Service!
A tender, folky take on 'Blue Light', recorded by Jon Solo in his Brooklyn home studio. Producers of 'The O.C.' take note...this needs to soundtrack your next series!
Another cover of 'Blue Light'! This atmospheric acoustic version was created by Noah Blackwell in St. Louis, Missouri.
A sublime version of 'So Here We Are' by Glaswegian electro artist iamchemist...the euphoric sound of robots falling in love to a soundtrack of celestial synths.
9. Robert Melhuish - She's Hearing Voices
A note-perfect instrumental cover of 'She's Hearing Voices', played by Robert Melhuish over a backing track.
The first cover of any 'A Weekend In The City' tracks! This is a slow-burning, piano-led rendition of 'I Still Remember' performed by 20-year-old film student Ethan Waters from Auckland, New Zealand.
24-year-old Dave Heavyside from Adelaide, Australia, recorded this haunting, stripped-down acoustic version of 'The Prayer'.
Sweden's Birch Street Project replace the Euro-techno vibe of the original track with some Bossa Nova-styled rhythms, off-beat acoustic strums and sultry female vocals.
An acoustic version of 'Flux' recorded by Jeremiah Satterthwaite, aka 'Of Yesteryears', and also featuring his friend Karin Haase on backing vocals. The track is pretty much unrecognisable from the original, with hushed 'Iron & Wine'-esque vocals, finger-picked acoustic guitar and a smidgen of violin.
A beautiful stripped down live performance of 'Kreuzberg', recorded at the Kulak Proms, Belgium. Featuring Sofie Vandeputte on piano/vocals and Jozefien Vanherpe on cello.