Kurt Hugo Schneider and Max Put An Emotional Spin on Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On (feat. MØ)’by Bradley Stern | PopCrush
When it comes to the art of the YouTube cover, Kurt Hugo Schneider always seems to get it just right.
The wildly successful, multi-talented musician has garnered plenty of attention with his beautifully crafted covers in the past years, from his recent take on The Weeknd’s “Earned It” with Kina Grannis and MAX to his still-impressive 3 minute 1989 mega-medley.
This time around, Kurt’s paired up with constant collaborator MAX (Schneider, no relation!) to take on Major Lazer and MØ’s summer hit, “Lean On.”
The cover — which has already racked up over 190,000 views in just 13 hours since it was first posted, which is incredibly impressive — takes Diplo’s bouncy electronic jam and converts it into something altogether more emotional, stripping down the heavy production for a minimal acoustic take backed by only a piano. You might not notice with all those juicy beat breakdowns in the original, but the lyrics to the tune are actually quite sentimental, and this touching version makes MØ’s songwriting skills really stand out. As for MAX’s delivery? Massive, especially as he hits his stride and explodes in the song’s final moments.
Check out Kurt’s “Lean On” remake up top with MAX, and if you’re into it, check out his YouTube page for more covers.
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