Friday playlist: Getting you under the covers

Justin Rutledge

Each week, Mixtape Magazine assembles a playlist of songs connected by a common theme, designed to kickstart your weekend and get you movin’ throughout the day. You can stream the entire playlist from our YouTube channel.

Following last week’s playlist’s journey into American places, this week we return home, with Canadian artists taking a crack at covering the songs from their compatriots. Enjoy!

“I’m Yours” (Joel Plaskett) by Meredith Shaw & Donovan Woods

This upbeat rendition of the quietest, sparsest song on Joel Plaskett’s Scrappy Happiness showcases the complimentary voices of fellow Torontonians Meredith Shaw and Donovan Woods. This video was recorded at The Dakota Tavern in May, when Woods supported Shaw for the release of her latest EP, Trouble. Both artists have spent the summer touring in support of this year’s releases. Woods’ latest album, Don’t Get Too Grand, came out in March, and can be streamed in its entirety at Exclaim.

“Nautical Disaster” (The Tragically Hip) by Justin Rutledge

Justin Rutledge’s beautiful, bare-naked reimagining of The Tragically Hip’s “Nautical Disaster” was released as a bonus track for his latest album, Valleyheart. The album, Rutledge’s fifth, was produced by Rutledge himself, and released on his own label, Outside Music. Rutledge is also a member of the band, Early Winters, a collaboration with U.K.-bred singer Carina Round,  L.A. producer/musician Dan Burns, and multi-instrumentalist Zac Rae. Early Winters is working on the follow up to their self-titled debut, to be released in 2014. Watch for updates on Twitter

“Cause=Time” (Broken Social Scene) by The Arkells & Luke LaLonde (Born Ruffians)

While Broken Social Scene may or may not (but probably will) continue making great albums for years to come, their music will undoubtedly live on in the bands that have formed in their wake. Here, Luke LaLonde of the Born Ruffians and The Arkells pay tribute to Broken Social Scene, performing together at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern during last year’s Juno Concert Series. Born Ruffians are soon headed to Europe, in support of their fourth studio album, Birthmarks. And, since the 2011 release of their latest LP, Michegan Left, The Arkells have kept busy on the road, and have supplied fans with a handful of other great covers on their Soundcloud page, including a scrappy cover of The Jackson’s “I Want You Back”. Listen here.

“What You Need” (The Weeknd) by The Wayo  

This cozy performance  of The Weeknd’s 2011 track, “What You Need”, comes from the freshest band on the list, Halifax five-piece, The Wayo. Led by vocalist Charlotte Wilson, The Wayo blends soul, jazz, and R&B with a stew of other influences. They’re currently gearing up for their performance at this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion opening for BadBadNotGood, and are working towards the release of their debut album. Until then, the band has two tracks available for download on their bandcamp site.

“Closing Time” (Leonard Cohen) by Old Man Luedecke

While Leonard Cohen’s catalogue has provided artists worldwide with a wellspring of opportunities for great covers, Old Man Luedecke, as always, earns bonus points for refined taste and refreshing originality. Luedecke has had a busy year, festival-hopping in support of his Polaris-shortlisted fifth album, Tender Is The Night, and with the birth of his third daughter in June. With five fresh Music Nova Scotia award nominations under his belt, Old Man Luedecke will continue with performances in Canada and the U.S. through September and October. Check out a new video of footage from the road at Luedecke’s website.

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