Ballet School – “Justify My Love/Partition” (Madonna x Beyoncé Cover)
Berlin trio (and BTW alums) Ballet School dropped their glittering debut album The Dew Lasts An Hour last September, and now they’re venturing to North America for a monthlong tour. In preparation, the band has shared a torrid, sweat-soaked cover that blends two immortal tracks in the pop canon: Madonna’s 1990 hit “Justify My Love” and Beyoncé’s new classic “Partition” — in other words, two distinct takes on raw sexuality and the real drama of humanity’s basic impulses. It’s powerful to hear singer Rosie Blair deliver Bey’s “Monica Lewinsky” lyric with the same breathy vulnerability she gives to the stark “wanting, needing, waiting” in Madonna’s chorus, all while a trip-hop stomp prolongs the song’s nocturnal thrill. Listen below.
The Dew Lasts An Hour is out now via Bella Union.