Real heads know my stance on covers, that you need to present the song in a new light in order for it for it to be worth anyone's while beyond a single listen. California duo slenderbodies took note and transformed “Toxic” into a nu disco-chill wave hybrid that is mesmerizing.

If you’re not immediately sure what we’re talking about when we talk about “Toxic” please get yourself right with G*d because judgement is coming hard and swift. And get cultured already you ignorant mofo. Britney has been a single name superstar for a decade plus now. Yet despite her ubiquity, covers of her work tend to be few and far between. Or they’re are just semi-ironic ones of “Baby One More Time,” which aren’t necessarily bad, but are a one-note gag at best.

Enter slederbodies to save the day and completely warp “Toxic” in their own image. Reverb soaked guitars reimagine the song’s famous hook and give it a relaxing surf lounge vibe. Shimmering hooks and lush melodies flesh out the rest of this gorgeous cover.  Warm overtones replace the frantic pace of the original. And while bits of it still remain, this is ultimately a slenderbodies song more than it is a cover.

And it’s fantastic.



I can’t really envision a scenario in which you’re reading this blog and are unaware of how Britney’s best song sounds, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy watching the music video now under the guise of comparison:

Earlier this year slenderbodies dropped Fabulist and Fabulist-extended. They’ll continue their world touring ways all fall. Dates and venues below:

SEPT 19: Paris, France – Le Supersonic
SEPT 21: Amsterdam, Netherlands – Indiestad
SEPT 22: Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival
SEPT 25: Stockholm, Sweden – Obaren + >
SEPT 26: Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega’s New Crush >
SEPT 28: Oslo, Norway – Café Mono
SEPT 29: Vienna, Austria – Waves Fest +
SEPT 30: Berlin, Germany – Maschinehaus
OCT 6, 13: Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
OCT 20: Monterrey, MX – Live Out
OCT 28: Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween
OCT 30: Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
NOV 1: Washington, DC – Songbyrd
NOV 2: Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
NOV 3: Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
NOV 5: New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
NOV 8: Toronto, ON – Rivoli
NOV 9: Chicago, IL – Chop Shop


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