Nikki & Rich Put Soul Into Muse's "Uprising"
Nikki & Rich Put Soul Into Muse's "Uprising"

In this week's Mashup Monday, up-and-coming pop-soul duo Nikki & Rich tackle Muse's "Uprising," bending the British band's angular prog-rocky rage against the machine into a more intimate sounding hurt something like heartbreak.

"We just thought it was something so different from us," says Rich Velonskis of their take on the Muse song, which hit No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart in 2009. "We were fans of that song specifically, so we just wanted to take a chance with it and try it.... I wanted to break it down more acoustically [than Muse's version]. I wanted to have a little bit more of a hip hop feel to it in the background."

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"I was excited to take it on," says Nikki Leonti, whose "big" soulful vocals mark the biggest departure from the original.

One thing Nikki & Rich certainly hope to have in common with Muse, however, is chart success. And if the early buzz on their upcoming debut album "Everything," which we predicted will be one of the summer's must-hear sets, is any indication, they have a great shot.

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