One notable artiste that has done a cover for Coldplay’s Magic is Brandy, for which she tapped her brother Ray J for the cover’s production. Off Coldplay’s sixth studio album Ghost Stories, Magic thrums with a percussive heartbeat and this integrity remains intact as Maleek Berry reworks it as a medley of his favourite songs.
On the cover, Berry swaggers forward with adlibs and his heartfelt vocals glides through the electronic touches. He’s more in his musical wheelhouse as he croons on Wande Coal’s Superwoman, a transition that fades with a strident line of eerie, echoing synths. The gear shift into Mario’s Let Me Love You is hardly felt and his delivery cuts sharpest in the ambient harmonies, the climactic equivalent to Chris Martin’s lean falsetto. Titled Magic, Berry’s cover is a testament of his craftsmanship as an artiste, and also as a producer.