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July 6, 2016 11:44 am

Cover songs can be both a wonderful and cringe-worthy affair. They allow contemporary artists to dust off forgotten gems and repackage them for a new generation. Occasionally, a cover will manage to even improve on the original, though often they fall short. The Carpenters or Sonic Youth; Otis Redding or The Rolling Stones or Devo; The Postal Service or The Shins? Al Green or Talking Heads?—this go-to conversation fodder can quickly escalate into heated debates.  Youtuber Anthony Vincent gives covers to you 20 different ways in one dizzying burst.

Ten Second Songs doesn’t particularly befit a YouTube channel dedicated to the Jim Carey of pop music impersonators—for whatever reason, the title automatically reminded me of this classic AskReddit thread instead. Nonetheless, Anthony Vincent’s goofball concoctions are a total gas. If you you’re in need of a quick and hardy laugh, he’s got you covered.

Vincent’s main attraction is the 20 Style Cover Series, in which he sings through a selected track—often voted for anonymously by his loyal subscribers—and redubs the song in the style of a random interchanging array of musical guises, from Frank Sinatra to Nirvana and RunDMC to Daddy Yankee. Sure, it’s a touch on the gimmicky side, but that’s totally the point–the pure belly-laugh value is undeniable as Vincent mashes up some often hysterical combinations. Make sure to check out his HUGE variety of covers here. This is one of our favorites, enjoy!

December 4, 2015 12:28 am

I’m not sure when Adult Swim became the unofficial ambassador to instrumental Hip-Hop artists with jazzy influences, but they always find the best of the best. I trust AS with this corner, which is why when I first listened to Tokimonsta’s Midnight Menu, I googled “Tokimonsta Adult Swim” out of curiosity and was rewarded by seeing that TWO of her wonderful songs (“Soul To Seoul” and “Sweet Day”) have been featured on the channel while some sarcastic intertitles played on the screen.

On Midnight Menu, Tokimonsta takes full advantage of the free form environment instrumental hip-hop. Songs such as “Look-A-Like” have about three different sections that could each work as a stand-alone beat. But instead they all blend with one another. That’s the freedom given to a Hip-Hop producer when they don’t have to worry about a rapper’s flow, or a chorus. Ideas can shift on the fly.

But after a while, if the artist is good enough (which Tokimonsta is), you start matching rappers to who’d do best on which beat. And thankfully, Tokimonsta has a very impressive string of collaborations at this point. She had a song with Kool (FUCKING) Keith, remixed Lupe Fiasco’s “Superstar” last year, and most recently, released You’re Invited, an EP with singer Gavin Turek.

You’re Invited has some of the slickest dance songs of the year. “Surrender” has an incredibly catchy hook with a very strong Aaliyah feel to it. And “Hemisphere” is more of the slower burn variety, suggested to be sung in the shower by all ages. Because Turek has such a great voice tailor made for a‘90s R&B sound, Tokimonsta embraces that by letting her usually dense production breathe a bit, giving Turek’s voice the space to shine through.

One can only hope Tokimonsta continues working with really awesome artists. I remember absolutely freaking out the first time I heard Flying Lotus, another Adult Swim star, and Kendrick Lamar on a song together. If she ever joins forces with an unparalleled like that, I’d go bananas. But I’d be okay with settling for her consistently releasing her own stuff until the end of time.