Published Oct 04, 2007In honour of its four decades on air, BBC's Radio 1 has compiled an impressive list of guests to contribute cover versions for 40 songs - one for each of its years. Sadly, the music on Radio 1 Established 1967 doesn't sound as impressive as it looks on paper, but there are a handful of standouts, like Klaxons doing, erm, Blackstreet! Yes, the one-hit R&B wonder (who are still around, shockingly) have been sized up for their massive Dr. Dre-produced hit from 1996. It's pretty minimal compared to the infectious cosmic pop found on their Mercury Prize-winning debut, Myths of the Near Future. The boys keep it on the down low and rather true to the original, with every element in place: the timely plucked guitar, the head-nodding beat and of course, that money shot of a piano riff. But its the three-way, smooth-as-silk vocal efforts of Simon, Jamie and James that really sells it. They each take their turn and then drive it home with their signature harmonies. Let's hope they break it out on their one remaining Canadian date, October 10 at the Opera House in Toronto.
Klaxons perform at the Mercury Music Prize Ceremony