Astronautalis is about to embark on a Canadian tour later this month, but ahead of the cross-country trek, the Florida-born MC is shouting out one of this country's hardest working bands with a cover.
During a recent visit to SideOneDummy headquarters, Astronautalis delivered his own rendition of labelmates PUP's "DVP" as part of the ongoing "Artist on Artist" video series.
The adrenaline-pumping track originally appeared on the band's The Dream Is Over LP last year, but the alternative hip-hopper puts his own electro-fied, scratched-up spin on the track — and, to be honest, it sounds like the perfect accompaniment to the band's retro arcade game video homage.
Astronautalis has shared a statement about his love for PUP and his take on the track. It reads:
Before I signed to SideOneDummy records, I started checking out other bands on their roster. I, being a rapper from Florida and owner of gold teeth, was instantly drawn to the cover of the self-titled PUP album. I played that album front to back, over and over...I was obsessed. Honestly, it had been a long time since I had been that excited by a band with guitars (again, rapper from Florida). Around the same time, PUP released "DVP" on Soundcloud, and I must have listened to it 1000 times. I HATE the Soundcloud app, but I used it nonstop, for days and days... just to listen to that damn song.
What I am trying to say is, I fucking love that band, and I fucking love this song. So while we were all on the road together, I got my friend Bird Peterson to rework the music into a grimy ass beat, Fadeaway Jumpers added synths and vocals, and then we all fell into the SideOneDummy offices to yell and sweat it out one morning!
And here you have it!
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Take cover and check out Astronautalis's live rework of "DVP" right now. Just scroll past his upcoming live dates and hit play down below.
05/18 Calgary, AB - The Gateway
05/19 Edmonton, AB - Brixx
05/20 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina
05/24 Waterloo, ON - The Starlight
05/26 Toronto, ON - The Cave
05/27 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
05/28 Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle