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Deezer gets emerging artists to cover classic 80s tracks

By | Published on Wednesday 26 May 2021


Deezer has released a new compilation of 80s tracks covered by contemporary artists. ‘InVersions 80s’ features acts including Wolf Alice, Laura Mvula and Holly Humberstone, respectively taking on Roxy Music, Toto and Prince.

“I am so excited to be a part of ‘InVersions’ because the 80s is an era that continues to inspire me”, says Humberstone. “I chose ‘I Would Die 4 U’ by Prince because he’s my all time favourite artist and I wanted to pay tribute to him in some way. I think it’s a beautifully simple but effective song and I love how the melodies are really static. Being able to put my own spin on it felt super special”.

Mvula adds: “I chose ‘Africa’ by Toto because it’s an 80s classic. It feels like music that I would write today and it fits in with the sound of my album”.

The first ‘InVersions’ compilation was released last year, seeing artists including Arlo Parks, Dream Wife and Ela Minus covering pop hits from a variety of eras.

Commenting on this latest release, Deezer’s VP Global Artist Marketing, Nigel Harding, says: “80s music is seeing a resurgence like never before, with a whole new generation of fans embracing the sounds of this unique decade. So it felt completely natural to invite today’s emerging musical stars to put a modern spin on their favourite 80s anthems, and the results are like hearing them all again for the first time. Just like our last ‘InVersions’ project, which saw a growth in streams of over 200% for some of our featured artists, I’m confident music fans from all over the world will love this new Originals album”.

You can listen to 30 second clips of the tracks on the ‘InVersions 80s’ compilation here. Unless you actually have a Deezer account, in which case you can hear them in full.

Here’s the full tracklist:

Benny Sings – Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
Boy – Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes)
Boy Pablo – Don’t You Want Me (Human League)
Cautious Clay – Holding Back The Years (Simply Red)
CSS – Buffalo Stance (Neneh Cherry)
Cuco – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (Simple Minds)
Feu! Chatterton – Joe Le Taxi (Vanessa Paradis)
Holly Humberstone – I Would Die 4 U (Prince)
Juan Pablo Vega – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
La Femme – Like A Prayer [Madonna]
Laura Mvula – Africa (Toto)
Lido Pimienta – Orinoco Flow (Enya)
L’Imperatrice – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Whitney Houston)
Milky Chance- Tainted Love (Soft Cell)
Roosevelt – Feels Like Heaven (Fiction Factory)
Wolf Alice – More Than This (Roxy Music)