Back in 2011, when the film ‘Drive’ was released, a song titled ‘Nightcall‘ by Electro-House knob-twiddler Kavinsky appeared on it’s corresponding soundtrack and was the cut that was ringing on every critics lips…
Praised widely for it’s 80’s-drenched New Wave vibe and unique vocal production that felt more like a Daft Punk song than any of the material that the iconic duo have released of late. As such, these qualities made the track feel like a front-runner in the vintage Electronic revival that has commanded the attention of so many newcomers in the music industry.
So it’s hardly a secret that England’s moody coffee-house poets London Grammar had a difficult task on their hands when they decided to cover the song using their own brand of stark Trip Hop to do so.
The trio’s version is predominantly a bewitching piano-ballad, complimented by lead singer Hannah Reid’s opulent and soul-inflected vocals.
During the final minute, we hear the band in true form, as Dot Major’s Massive Attack-inspired beats give the song the wings it needs to soar majestically towards a grand finale.
Far from a negative result, London Grammar’s take on the already-brilliant track is laced with sheer elegance and is proof of their genius to make one of the most experimental music genres of the 90’s seem current, without losing it’s idiosyncrasy.
‘Nightcall‘ serves as the latest single from the band’s debut album ‘If You Wait’, now available on for download iTunes and in the physical form in stores.
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