Colouring – Heard It Through The Grapevine

Oh I bet you were wondering how a motown classic could translate into a Colouring track. With incredible ease and equally impressive results.

Marvin Gaye’s most classic cover (wrote by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and first performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips), I Heard It Through The Grapevine, has had more covers than there have been motown classics. While there’s some slight hyperbole there, I Heard It’, being covered is nothing new, but Colouring’s cover is something to become completely enamored with.

The London group have already set huge standards for any future releases, following the success of their previous two singles, About You and In Motion. I Heard It’ naturally follows suit in the Colouring era, as melodic, relationship focused lyrics continue to be central to Colouring’s musical experience.

Turning the motown classic into a subordinate cover would seem likely for such a widely recognised track, but Colouring channel the soul of I Heard It, into a dystopic void, where isolation and confinement are all to be known.

The scarcity of solo guitar tones, joined by reverberating echoes later, that begins I Heard It’, instantly creates a Colouring track that sounds completely its own, rather than a cover. Fusions of indie and electronica that catches onto the alternative r’n’b of SOHN runs deep, as smooth electro-beats, moving to the pace of contemporary hip-hop, place Colouring’s cover as a contemporary masterpiece, that will have modern dancers reciting the track for years to come. With the potential to make any future cover of a classic song, feel lacklustre when placed in comparison, Colouring have undoubtedly surpassed their own high standards with this game changing cover.

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