Battle Of The “Fast Car” Covers: Jonas Blue Ft. Dakota Vs. TobTok Ft. River

Mike Wass | January 6, 2016 6:17 pm
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Tracy Chapman’s 1988 classic “Fast Car” is an unlikely candidate for a tropical house cover, but that hasn’t stopped two rising DJs giving it their best effort. London-based producer Jonas Blue is enjoying a top five hit in Australia with his version (it’s also charting in Sweden and the Netherlands), while Swedish remixer TobTok — real name Tobias Karlsson — just dropped the video (above) for his interpretation.

I’m not particularly smitten with either take on the singer/songwriter’s Grammy-winning anthem, but Jonas Blue does a better job of retaining a trace of the original’s heart-wrenching mix of defeat and optimism (listen below). Hopefully, dueling tropical house covers doesn’t become a trend because this just makes me want to dust off Tracy’s Greatest Hits. Surely we’re due for new music from her?

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