The Afghan Whigs
The newly-revived Whigs, who used to do this sort of thing all the time in the 1990s with Prince, TLC and New Order songs, busted out this Frank Ocean heart-breaker on their latest tour before formalizing it here with a studio recording. Greg Dulli and perpetually underrated guitarist Rick McCollum know exactly how to execute it, turning Ocean’s gauzy ballad into high-octane, Stones-y rock, complete with bird song, melodramatic strings and a gaudy-yet-appropriate guitar solo. A groove armada.
Listen to "Lovecrimes":