BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge has played host to extraordinary artists performing amazing covers time and time again. Like Triple J’s Like A Version, the radio station taps into people’s love of reinvention to produce incredible reworks of music’s most beloved songs. This week is no exception, recruiting the superhumanly talented Florence Welch to perform a cover of Jack Ü’s Where Are Ü Now.
Jack Ü’s chart topping single, the side project of Skrillex and Diplo, has had a few re-dos as of late, with Pentatonix having a crack, as well as Chvrches covering his most recent offering What Do You Mean?
Welch starts the song off softly, her performance slowly swelling into a crescendo of sultry vocals, capitalising on her enormously powerful vocal range to give the EDM track an emotional and elegant rework. Hazy, echoey guitar strums replace the dance floor backbeat to create something that swelters yet also soothes.
Prior to her performance on BBC 1, Welch and her band were at the Apple Music Festival, even performing a special rendition of Happy Birthday for her dad and changing How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful into the more London-esque title of How Big, How Grey, How Beautiful. She then dedicated Cosmic Love to her father as well, who was watching from the audience.
Next, Welch and her posse are slated for an appearance on The Late Night Stephen Colbert alongside Tame Impala, joining a slew of awesome acts to appear on the show during its pioneer launch.