Portishead launch ABBA ‘SOS’ cowl in help of psychological well being charity Thoughts

Portishead streamed their cover of ABBA’s ‘SOS’ for the first time – you can listen to it below.

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The Bristol trip-hop group gave the classic single a haunting twist in 2016, making it available to stream on SoundCloud today (July 8th) to help the mental health charity Mind.

List revenue will be generated through the platform’s new, fan-driven licensing model, announced back in March. Both Portishead and SoundCloud will donate to Mind on the occasion of the release.

“When we heard that SoundCloud had switched to a more equitable, user-centric payment system for music streaming, we made it the only place to stream our unreleased version of ABBA’s ‘SOS’,” Geoff Barrow told the band.

“After we recorded it years ago for Ben Wheatley’s film HighRise, we’re excited to finally share it with the world, and we’re even more excited that any streaming profits go to a good cause.”

Michael Pelczynski, Head of Content & Rightsholder Strategy at SoundCloud, added: “Portishead’s timeless sound has inspired countless artists and spawned many new genres on SoundCloud.

“We are honored that Portishead has selected SoundCloud, the only platform that directly rewards the connection between artists and fans, as the first place to exclusively release their cover of this iconic song.”

When announcing the fan-run royalty system earlier this year, Michael Weissman, SoundCloud’s chief executive officer, said, “Many in the industry have wanted this for years. We’re excited to be the ones to bring this to market to better support independent artists.

“Artists are now better equipped to advance their careers by forging deeper connections with their most dedicated fans. Fans can directly influence how their favorite artists are paid. “

Meanwhile, Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA promised back in May that the Swedish pop icons would “definitely” release new music sometime in 2021. This came after the group announced in 2018 that they would share two new tracks.

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