Robert Glasper’s Daft Punk-esque cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Robert Glasper

Can you imagine how cool it would be if Daft Punk did a cover of Nirvana’s classic “Smells Like Teen Sprit”? Well, Robert Glasper may have just about hit the nail on the head with his own cover the song, channeling a Daft Punk vibe and combining it with experimental jazz.

When I first head this track I couldn’t believe how good it was. Doing a cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is ambitious to say the least, but Robert’s version is haunting, like a depressed, morose robot is performing in a smokey lounge. I mean, I never imagined ever writing those words about a song like this, ever. The song comes from his most recent album Black Radio, which was released in early 2012 on Blue Note. It’s a beautiful album and has guest stars like Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, and more. If you dig this track you’ll probably love the rest of the album as well.

June 17, 2013 / By