Genre-bending is nothing new for Canadian hip-hop mainstay k-os. He continues to do so seamlessly on his version of The Cars’ 1978 power-pop hit “Just What I Needed”.
“Transcending music genres has always been a fun task I’ve undertaken as a music creator. In my search for new genres to play in power pop remains the most foreign, an elusive,” says k-os. “It’s a mood you can’t fake. Covering an anthem like ‘Just What I Needed’ by The Cars is a truly dream come true!”
While keeping many of the elements that made the original a classic, k-os adds a rap verse both over the main synth line and in place of the guitar solo. The guitars have a bit more drive than the original, making the cover familiar yet refreshing.
“If you cover a song like this correctly, you come away from it understanding something secret that the original artists hid inside the song… It’s definitely the type of music I should be releasing to help entertain human beings while in pandemic lockdown.”
“Just What I Needed” follows in the ’70s-inspired footsteps of last year’s disco-drenched single SUPERNOVAS. k-os also released his EP Boshido last year, featuring collaborations with Kaytranada, which broke his five-year hiatus from music.