My single of the Week for this week is the haunting 'Wicked Games' by Parra for Cuva featuring Anna Naklab.
This is of course a cover version of the well known original 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak back in 1990. As cover versions go though, its rare that the cover beats the original hands down, but such is the case here - note the subtle title change to games plural.
This was released in the UK singles chart around the end of October, although depending on the chart, the date seems to vary which is a little odd not that it matters much - its a beautiful record regardless when it actually was officially released!!
The clue is in the title with this one - its haunting, its beautiful, but it is absolutely not a love song. 'I don't want to fall in love". Which leads me onto the video. On the face of it, its two children, playing together, then growing up to be in love with one another. If you look closely though, the little boy is playing wicked games - first monopoly, then adult version of wicked games. Watch it, and see if you can spot it. Tut.
Perfectly matches the song though - seemingly innocent, but no such thing under the surface. I have never heard of Parra for Cuva, or indeed featured artisit Anna Naklab, but I can say this is a wonderfully skilled output for an unknown (to me).
From what I can establish, Parra for Cuva is a German Producer. Its all gorgeous guitar and Anna's breathtaking vocals. Its the sort of song you can play over and over again. Seems to have been around quite a while before its release date, as I first heard this some months back, but it still sounds as mesmerising. I don't seem to get tired of this at all.
This is a truly beautiful song, with a quirky darker edge, and does credit to the original. Go take a listen, and drop me a comment to let me know what you think.
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(video published on youtube by Spinnin' Records)