Audio: Meshell Ndegeocello Covers Whodini’s “Friends”

artworks-000074088688-ejgoz0-t500x500Meshell Ndegeocello is gearing up for the release of her eleventh album, Comet, Come To Me, which is due out on June 3rd. The first track lifted off  Comet, Come To Me, is her hypnotic 21st century take on Whodini’s 1984 track “Friends”.

The 10-time Grammy nominated musician is known for recording and performing intriguing covers, Meshell explained that hip-hop tracks are particularly interesting to her as a musician. “I grew up listening to hip-hop, and I get mad at my peers and older people who are not really open to modern music, especially rap music. I wanted to show how intricate the music is, if you really listen deeply. On this track, for example, if you take away the vocals, it’s got really intricate things going on. There’s keyboard element, which on my version is the guitar. And then they added a half beat to each bar, which is why it has a kind of shift in it. “There’s something in music called “chopped and screwed” where you “screw” the track, which I wanted to emulate. If you hear the original version on the record, you’ll understand.” 

Take a listen to her wonderful electro-jazz funk cover of Whodini’s “Friends” below and pre-order Comet, Come To Me on her site.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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