Hatchie may have only just signed to Secretly Canadian, with last month’s “This Enchanting” being her first release for the label, but she’s already been invited to contribute to SC25 – a celebration of the imprint’s 25th anniversary. Along with several other contributions, proceeds from will go to Bloomington-based non-profit organisation New Hope For Families.
For her contribution, Hatchie has decided to cover Jennifer Paige’s classic “Crush”, saying:
“I’d been thinking of covering ‘Crush’ for a few years before this opportunity arose. I always thought the lyrics were much more moody than the bright chorus they were paired with, so I wanted to shift the focus. I was super keen to be involved with SC25 when asked. It’s cool to be amongst some great artists doing the same.”
Furnishing the track with a trip-hoppy low-end, the mood of Hatchie’s “Crush” is certainly much more dour and sultry than the original. It makes the indelible hook – preserved in its same earworm melody – feel a lot more spiteful and sassy. Overall, it’s a brilliant way to both pay tribute to a classic and breathe new life into it.