Kendrick Lamar's 2012 breakout record Good Kid, M.A.A.D City garnered a lot of hype and spinoffs, and induced plenty of captivating guest appearances for the Comptonite, but just last week, as almost a precursor to a lazy weekend listening to music and cooking with friends and family, L.A-based songstress Sarah Winters dropped her drifting, piano-fueled eletro-pop cover of Lamar's "Swimming Pools" into the digital stratosphere, garnering over 60,000 plays over the holiday week.
"A fan suggested the song on Tumblr and it just sort of snowballed," Winters explained in an exclusive phone interview. "It became very inspiring." The idea first came into play back in January, at the height of Lamar's reign. Winters teamed up with producer Josiah Kosier (whom she worked with on her 2012 release Find Restless Cover) and although she was on tour for most of this year with the Ohio outfit WHY?, she always came back to "Swimming Pools".
"Because it was Kendrick, I took it much more seriously," she confided, adding the influence of Kosier on the track. "It was a big collaboration with [Kosier]," she said. "I wanted to take it somewhere more electronic...or pop—something that could resonate with a larger audience."
And with her romantic lyricism and unique take on Lamar's originality, Winters has successfully flipped "Swimming Pools" on its head.
Listen to the acclaimed track below.