Chicago’s really coming with it this week. HXLT is today’s latest as he surprise drops a 5-track EP through MTV. Cover Me has a double meaning since all 5 tracks are creative covers of a wide range of songs from Amy Winehouse’s famous “Back To Black” to Florence & The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over” to Drake’s “Pound Cake”.
HXLT really captures the dark vibe of Winehouse and that sets the tone for the EP. You’ll hear a lot of slowed down singing from HXLT, which you haven’t yet to this degree through his career thus far. It really works, not only for Winehouse, but for the Florence cover, my early overall favorite “Too Cold”, and the “Pound Cake” flip: “Go Deep”. The latter isn’t your typical new verse over the original beat though. The entire production gets a facelift with mere elements of the original spliced in.
It’s a quick-hit listen and an engaging one from beginning to end. Stay up on the newest from G.O.O.D.’s latest signee and see what’s the next step in the evolution of HXLT.