Glass Animals have been incorporating a cover of Kanye West’s 2008 slow jam “Love Lockdown” into their live sets for a while now — including this crisp, soulful rendition on Triple J’s popular series “Like a Version” — and now the U.K. foursome (discovered by superproducer Paul Epworth, who signed them to his Wolf Tone imprint) have recorded a studio version. Listen to Glass Animals’ polished take on “Love Lockdown,” premiering exclusively on Billboard.com:
The original’s signature 808s, also a staple of Glass Animals’ candy-hued subtly psychedelic trip-hop, don’t hit until a few bars in. Instead, the band anchors singer-songwriter Dave Bayley’s throaty vibrato with looped moans and handclaps that lope along at an almost blues-y pace.
Of the recording, Bayley says: “‘Love Lockdown’ as a basic song is so well-written. Kanye took it in one direction and did it his way with the Auto-tune and the mechanical drums, and it is incredible. But we thought it could be cool to push it in a different direction. The chords and the vocal line are so soulful and remind me of some old blues songs, so we tried to explore that style a bit more. A lot of the ideas came while we weren’t near a studio or any real recording equipment, so lots of it was recorded through my laptop’s built-in microphone. I made everyone record the clap and snap sounds together as a band at the same time… all in front of the same microphone.”
Glass Animals released its debut album, “Zaba,” in June, and will head to North America for a proper tour in September. The group will also perform at various European festivals, including Pukkelpop and Bestival, later this summer.