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Portishead Share Ominous Cover of ABBA's "SOS" From 'High-Rise' Soundtrack

The accompanying video is dedicated to the late British MP and anti-Brexit politician Jo Cox.

by Max Mertens
Jun 22 2016, 3:05pm

Screencap via YouTube

If you've seen Ben Wheatley's latest film High-Rise, based on J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel of the same name about a dystopian British apartment complex, then you've heard Portishead's appropriately ominous cover of ABBA's "SOS." Now the Bristol trip-hop pioneers have finally shared their stark take on the Swedish pop group's chart-topping hit, accompanied by a simple black and white video featuring the former's lead singer Beth Gibbons.

The clip is dedicated to late British MP and anti-Brexit politician Jo Cox, who was killed last week after being shot and stabbed by an attacker. Listen to the cover below.

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