Greg Kurstin and Dave Grohl have shared the second instalment of their recently announced Hannukah song series, a project which will see the duo share eight covers over the holiday period. The Foo Fighters frontman and producer Kurstin have already shared a version of Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’ and have now turned their attention away from rock and towards Toronto rapper Drake.
The second night of the series saw the duo take on Drake’s megawatt bop ‘Hotline Bling’ and with a remarkably deft touch. While Grohl’s vocals aren’t anywhere near as smooth as Drake’s, they do add a post-punk edge to the song which proves its genuine qualities as a pop masterclass.
There have been plenty of rock Christmas songs from the Foos but, this year, the band’s leading man was interested in changing it up a bit. “This year, instead of doing a Christmas song, Greg and I decided to celebrate Hanukkah by recording eight songs by eight famous Jewish artists and releasing one song each night of Hanukkah,” Grohl said of the project.
“With all the mishegas of 2020, Greg Kurstin & I were kibbitzing about how we could make Hannukah extra-special this year,” he added in a tweet.
“Festival of Lights?! How about a festival of tasty LICKS! So hold on to your tuchuses… we’ve got something special coming for your shayna punims.” Now the duo has covered Drake’s megahit.
Drake’s mother is Jewish and has previously referred to himself as a “proud young Jewish boy” and, while you may not think of him and Foo Fighters operating in the same space, the way the duo handle the song proves the undeniable pop sensibilities that run through the Toronto man’s work.
Listen to Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin covering Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’, below.