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Listen: Banks covers Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?”

on March 20, 2014, 10:20am

Rising L.A. songstress Banks is no stranger to an adventurous cover song. She turned Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” into a neo-soul jam and added a fresh level of sensuality to The Weeknd’s “What You Need”. More recently, she tackled Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

Accompanied only by an expertly plucked acoustic guitar, Banks delivered a stripped-down rendition of the 1998 smash single. With no giggling babies to overshadow her, the sultry quivers of Banks’ powerful pipes take center stage, literally sending goosebumps up this writer’s arms. Take a listen below.

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