It’s the song that’s taken the world and the internet by storm, producing so many memes and parodies it virtually warrants a subculture of its own. But now, totally out of left field, Sufjan Stevens has taken a crack at Drake’s infamous Hotline Bling. Joining the ranks of fellow artists Art of Sleeping, Justin Bieber, Erykah Badu and Sam Smith with Disclosure, Stevens performs a cover that would make Drizzy proud.
Featuring Gallant, the video was for a Halloween concert shot at Loew’s Jersey Theatre. The R&B tinged sounds oddly discordant mixed in with Sufjan Steven ethereal, lightweight vocals. Laughter can be heard in the background, as delighted and slightly bemused punters watch on from the audience. The two manage to imitate Drake’s now legendarily dorky dance moves perfectly.
The song has spawned countless memes of Drake and his ridiculous dance moves being re-appropriated into Drake making pizzas, Drake in a lightsaber fight, Drake playing tennis and Drake the Pokémaster.
Would Drizzy approve of this latest cover? We certainly can’t see him approving of this cringeworthy Mike Tyson one…
But this Mr. G one should be made a part of the National Archives its so good. It was even released by Chris Lilley himself.
However, Sam Smith and Disclosure collab veterans performed a sublime version on BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge.
But perhaps the best is the justice Erykah Badu’s does to the song.
Back to more Sufjan Stevens related news…
He’s on tour in Australia next year. Check out the dates below:
Sufjan Stevens 2016 Australian Tour
Monday 22nd February – State Theatre, Sydney NSW – Tickets
Friday 26th February 2016 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC – SOLD OUT
Saturday 27th February 2016 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC – Tickets
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth WA – Tickets
Friday 4th March 2016 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD – Tickets