My friend Cocoe from Ubiquity Records just sent me some treats in the mail which included this track which I couldn’t resist posting even though the stellar Orgōne album was vying for attention. This song is a cover of the Badly Drawn Boy song that I posted 2 1/2 years go. Not like I thought the song was my secret or anything but I was really surprised to find it on a CD with covers of (what I think of as) much bigger hits like “Hey Ya” by OutKast and songs by Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, The Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse and Missy Elliot.
Shawn Lee generally finds a nice balance of playing stripped-down funky versions of these songs while not going overboard on the irony factor (there’s a little, for sure). I guess novelty factor is another thing that makes “Once Around the Block” seem out of place on this album. He covers it with basically the same instrumentation, substituting flute for lead vocals and throwing in some nice touches like an interpolation of “My Favorite Things.”
Here’s a snippet of his covers of “1 Thing” by Amerie and “Hey Ya.” Can anyone tell me what wind instrument that is in the Amerie cover??
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