For all the (unwarranted) hipster cred Velvet Underground gets, Aloe Blacc’s spin of their little known “Femme Fatale” on his 2010 release Good Things turns a murky song into a cinematic tour-de-force with swirling strings and a haunting vocal performance equal parts soul and gospel, but the subject matter is entirely secular, and oh so good.

Femme Fatale-Aloe Blacc 

Good Things was released on Stones Throw Records September 28th, 2010. You can find the digital version on iTunes here

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