Designer Disguise Share Their Striking New Version Of Early 2000’s Hit “If I Ain’t Got You”

Designer Disguise Share Their Striking New Version Of Early 2000’s Hit “If I Ain’t Got You”

Metal-core band Designer Disguise are unveiling their rendition of “If I Ain’t Got You,” originally performed by Alicia Keys, on December 1 via InVogue Records. The track is the follow-up release to the band’s fiery interpretation of iconic 90’s hit “Wannabe” and early 2000’s single’s “Clarity,” “Sexy And I Know It” and “Move Bitch.” All tracks are a part of the upcoming compilation WOW That’s What I Call Metalcore, Vol. 1.

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Designer Disguise adds an edge to Alicia Keys’ staple track “If I Ain’t Got You.” The band keeps the song’s integrity intact while introducing their signature fierce rock-driven melodies. Designer Disguise continues to highlight their ability to hone in on new musical elements as “If I Ain’t Got You” takes on a unique and refreshing atmosphere.

Designer Disguise have previously released a viral cover, their rendition of “Get Low” has accumulated nearly 2 million streams stemming from TikTok viral videos and user generated content. Proving that the band and their unique spin is built to last. As they continue to build and activate their ultra rabid fanbase at a feverish pace, they are constantly begging for hints and clues as to what song the band will reinvent next!


“If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys is an undeniably timeless song. After our cover of Sia’s Chandelier, our guitarist Hoosti would always say that if we were to cover another song or group of songs we had to do If I Ain’t Got You. He said that he wanted to hear Jackson (our singer) perform the song. Needless to say, Hoosti got all of us on board with this track and it turned out beautifully. The song synergizes powerfully in a metal setting and this new version brings new life to an old classic.” Says lead vocalist, Jackson Bengtsson about the new track.

This single is the sixth release since the band’s covers of “Wannabe,” “Spooky Scary Skeletons,” “Clarity,” “Sexy And I Know It” and “Move Bitch” which follows behind the band’s LP, Elswaer. The record threads together 10 tracks that mold a spacious story. The record introduces itself in a massive way, with bold soundscapes that deliver a cosmic environment. Designer Disguise highlights their capability to create unique music while keeping a sense of familiarity alive.

“This album is the story about finding hope when there feels like there is none. It is a classic hero’s journey in which our main character Kai is swept away from his planet Elswaer and taken on an adventure. He joins The Nova Children on their quest to find The Flame and defeat the evil New Order. This album inspects how it feels to fight for good and light when all feels it is in darkness.” Says The band regarding the new record. “The songs are an introspection into the universe we’ve created, but even more so it is an illustration of our feelings living in our own dark world. In many ways this album is in response to the government, covid, and many other tumultuous world events. This is how we coped during this difficult time. We decided to tell a story. Welcome to Elswaer.’”

Elswaer Tracklisting

1.) “Corrupted Cyborg”
2.) “Destroyer”
3.) “Abandon Ship”
4.) “Lifeline”
5.) Everyday is a NewNightmare, But It All Feels the Same
6.) Risen
7.) “Digital Ghost”
8.) “Infinite”
9.) “In the Hollow”
10.) “Stardust”


About Designer Disguise: Designer Disguise is a band on the frontlines of genre bending. Starting out in 2015 as a metalcore group, the band has evolved over the years combining aspects of pop, hip-hop, and metalcore. The music the group creates today draws influence from groups like Linkin Park, Bring Me the Horizon, Twenty One Pilots, Issues, Post Malone, Chon, Dropout Kings, and more. The wide range of influence is apparent in the groups’ songwriting, production, and performance. The Nowhere EP (2020) illustrates the diversity of musical styles that DD brings to the table. They dropped the EP No One’s Alright in 2021. The group values vulnerability and believes that by sharing our stories we can become strong together. The songs written by Designer Disguise are the real manifestation of that value; hoping that by sharing their own stories and being vulnerable they can inspire others to do the same. “Every Day is a New Nightmare, But It All Feels The Same” is one of the leading singles to their 2023 concept album titled Elswaer. The band has played shows alongside Sleep Signals and Osatia and plan on touring the west coast in support of the release of Elswaer.

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