We recently made mention of chanteuse Jazmine Sullivan‘s remakes of some of her latest tracks, which I found particularly interesting because, by my best approximation, remakes are usually done within a year or two of the release of the original. With YouTube’s reign over DIY video production and “old school” now literally meaning “two weeks ago,” no longer does an original need time to marinate in its own juices before someone else can put their own seasonings on it. Enter Sam Sparro, whose video below I just peeped on Afrobella’s blog. I had no idea who this dude was until I checked his album, which is a bit 21st century disco-synth-pop in its approach (think Jamiroquai‘s Dynamite). His remake of Estelle‘s “American Boy” is pretty solid, although my side-eye was all aflutter after he added a superfluous and weak rap in the middle of the song. And those white sunglasses are killing me. However, he does seem to shine when infusing this track with a nicely done falsetto towards the end. How fun is it to find unexpected new music?
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