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Fergus James Reimagines BENEE’s ‘Soaked’ for triple j’s Like a Version

Kicking off his Like a Version appearance with new single “Good Man”, Fergus James turned BENEE’s “Soaked” into a pounding indie-rock classic.

Sydney musician Fergus James has become the latest artist to hit up triple j’s studios for a stunning Like a Version performance, covering a BENEE original for the segment.

For those who treat triple j’s now-iconic covers segment as a Friday morning ritual, this week undoubtedly sees a sense of normalcy returning to the world, with last week’s segment serving as the first since COVID-19 lockdowns indefinitely suspended the regular edition.

Kicking things off with ChillinIt, who delivered a rendition of BROCKHAMPTON’s “SUGAR”, this week saw Sydney’s Fergus James hit up the studios for the first time to share his powerhouse talents.

Opening up his performance with a run-through of his soulful new single, “Good Man”, James found himself backed by a pianist and drummer as his smooth voice belted out the track.

Releasing “Good Man” back in May, James previously explained that the track was written during a session with writers Bryan “Frequency” Fryzel and Nat Dunn while in Los Angeles.

Returning for his cover performance, James professed his love of Kiwi musician BENEE, busting out a mesmerising version of her 2018 single “Soaked”.

Stripping away the dreamy indie-pop sheen of the track, James added Polish Club’s Dave Novak to his crew to focus heavily on the original’s underlying groove, turning it into a mesmerising indie-rock number that manages to become something entirely different, yet refreshingly familiar all the same.

As noted last week, triple j had previously promised the first artist to perform for the newly-relaunched Like a Version segment would be The Kite String Tangle, who had been on track to appear before lockdowns suspended the series.

As yet, there’s currently no word as to when The Kite String Tangle will appear on the weekly segment, though they will likely be able to make an appearance once things return to a greater semblance of normalcy.