From the moment it was heard in its live pre-Bitte Orca form, folks were comparing “Stillness Is The Move,” aka the no. 1 song in Brooklyn, to Mariah Carey. (And, as a helpful full-disclosure, in the press release I wrote for the record I said the song’s “ready for popular hip-hop radio, making the same gesture as recent work by Lil Wayne and Kanye West, albeit from the opposite side of culture.”) So, no, it’s not surprising Solange Knowles — supposedly responsible for getting Jay-Z and her sister out to see Grizzly Bear — went and did a laid-back smooth cover of it. Talking to Dave Longstreth early on about the track he said he’d love to see the song eventually make its way onto Hot 97: The original could easily crossover, yeah, but as far as removing genre limitations go, that dream feels that much more attainable in Solange’s hands.

(Via P4K)

At this point there’s no official release planned for Solange’s “Stillness.”

Comments (42)
  1. really great. and it shows that amber wasn’t all that far off.

  2. anonymous  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    yes. finally.

  3. this is Dr. Dre’s beat in the background during the part of ‘Xplosive’ where Nate Dogg sings. Still very smooth!

  4. Marko  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    Bag Lady

  5. solangel rules  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    Solange version is killer, and you’re right – better chance for crossover, but the innovation of the original still wins out. Stillness is the Move is the song of the year. For me at least.

  6. Marko  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    Ahh. Didn’t realize that the music from Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady was taken from Xplosive.

  7. I just had the Solanges at my house replaced. I figured while they were working on the gutters and downspouts I may as well have them do the solanges too.

  8. The sample is from Dre, but Dre took it from Soul Mann & The Brothers’ cover of Isaac Hayes’ “Bumpy’s Lament.” Hayes’ song features an organ, but SM&TB rendered it with the guitar and xylophone that you hear in Dre’s version.

    • Marko  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

      And after some further investigation, it does seem to actually use the instrumental of the radio remix of Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady which sampled Xxplosive. You can tell from the way both songs start off.

      In other words it’s a cover of a Dirty Projector’s song that also samples a remix of an Erykah Badu song which sampled a Dr Dre song which sampled a song by Soul Mann & The Brothers which was a cover of an Issac Hayes song. Recycling abound!

  9. 2-4-6-8  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    Well…I guess it’s what you want from a cover….I totally imagined somebody going going more the other way though and tightening it up…McCartney II etc..

  10. Pierre   |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    As if Dirty Projectors didn’t sound enough like Mariah Carey to begin with…

  11. Bob K.  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    Wow….this is better than the original, and I love the original.

  12. Solange Knowles is the Jim Belushi of music.

    • smh  |   Posted on Nov 13th, 2009 0

      would you care to clarify this?

      • Johnnyboy  |   Posted on Nov 13th, 2009 0

        I think that means she’s the younger sibling who will always be overshadowed by the older one. Which in the Belushis’ case is totally justified. Less so with Solange.

  13. With this talk about crossover (HOT97, et al) if Solange’s version receives airplay vs. the Dirty Proj’s original….at what point do we change the conversation and rehash Rockist/Racial components of music?

    Topic #1 Emenim on rock stations.

  14. Solange’s version is just slightly less grating and irritating than the original. If you wanna make some Mariah Carey shit, Longstreth, just make some Mariah shit and stop shrouding it in dog whistle harmonies, awkward rhythms and disjointed melodies.

    If you really wanna listen to awful, modern R’n'B, just listen to it. You don’t have to hide your ‘Emancipation of Mimi’ CD (what are those?) inside of a Lou Reed jewel case.

    • Jon  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

      You’ve just kind of missed the point of DIrty Projectors’ Bitte Orca. In the title it is about juxtaposing smooth and harsh textures, mixing together genres and emotion within a record and within the songs themselves. It’s a pretty weird statement to say they should write either all out pop songs or weird avant rock, but nothing in between. if it’s grating for most people that’s fine but the point is to extend and blur the barriers between everything DPs are influenced by

      • I “get” that. My point is that his motivation for doing that is because he’s afraid to just make unapologetic pop r ‘n’ b, and instead cuts in into unlistenable pieces under the guise of experimentation to justify the his jumbled pop hooks. Or maybe I just don’t like it. Can’t get into everything.

  15. fakeplastik1  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    guess the new d’angelo record just dropped. this sounds great.

  16. sean  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    meh. i mean, obviously this song was asking to be covered, but there’s little here that wasn’t on the original, except for, y’know, an actual black person.

    but we’re still ignoring one of the best r&b tracks of 09 that never was: grizzy bear’s foreground. the strongwriting is strong but the version on the cd is a bit boring. its one of the most soulless renditions of what is probably one of their best songs. someone should cover that song, like harold melvin & the blue notes circa 1972. or michael mcdonald.

  17. tats  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    when i hear something for the first time that is really fucking amazing…i just cant stop smiling. I smiled for the duration of this song. go sloange.

  18. this is genius! solange is such a smart girl to cover this song which OBVIOUSLY alludes to R&B. I’m in love with this and might even be as bold as to say that i prefer it to the original.

  19. the original makes me want to dance and sing along out loud, not so much this version.

  20. Glazzy  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    And Brandon quotes himself, again.

  21. Matt  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    I like this better.

  22. Andrew  |   Posted on Nov 12th, 2009 0

    Meh…. Gets boring because it never changes. If you’re gonna be repetitive, either give me some minimalism or make it interesting. Unlike the DP version, her’s is the same thing for four and a half minutes. The beat isn’t that good that I care to listen to it that long. Give me the original Marvin beat…. at least he used real instruments. You can’t make soul without humans.

    And her blowing at the end is awful. Why can’t today’s R&B singers rip anymore?

  23. arturious  |   Posted on Nov 13th, 2009 0

    I thought the original was kinda annoying. And the video was kinda stupid. But this is a good beat.

  24. monsieur ardent halète  |   Posted on Nov 13th, 2009 0

    as Thom would say…”I’d like to squirt my fiery furnace all over her dirt projector”

  25. b_uty4ul  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2009 0

    I like this song……forget everything else that was said except for the good things. The point is that what Solange did was different except it had the same music. Bravo Solange. Keep it up gurl.

  26. What other version of Foreground is there? Or were you making a joke?

  27. wow really good cover!! i would really get mad if she makes a hit with this song and Dirty projectors dont :-/

  28. Agent Michael Scarn  |   Posted on Nov 16th, 2009 0

    Really, not even close to the quality of the original. And I don’t think it’s bad, just not particularly interesting.

  29. mighty undies  |   Posted on Nov 16th, 2009 0

    don´t get me started on that dress…

  30. grittychris  |   Posted on Nov 16th, 2009 0

    the vocals remind me a little of D’angelo’s Voodoo album

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