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Genre pick of the week Cover of Dedications To The Greats Part 2 by BJ Smith.

BJ Smith

Dedications To The Greats Part 2

A little over a year ago NuNorthern Soul brought you BJ Smith's gorgeous cover versions of two hip hop classics, Mos Def's "Umi Says", which Gilles Peterson proclaimed as "the sound of Sunsets for years to come" and The Pharcyde's "Runnin". This time round he's bringing his unique touch to two classics from the back catalogue of the recently reformed Outkast. Since Andre 3000 and Big Boi are hitting the festival circuit during the summer, this celebration of their greatest work should tide you over until they get back into the studio. Cover versions are always at their best when they take the original song to places it never went before, which this version of "Hey Ya" most certainly does. Starting with an acoustic guitar, Smith's interpretation builds into a rich collage that goes through folk, onto Balearic and bounces to a close with a reggae groove. It is best enjoyed at sunset or sunrise with a cool drink in hand. "Prototype" is made for Smith's easy style; essentially it always was a wistful, dream-like folky number. However, after a fairly faithful start, things eventually end up in a very different place as this version becomes a fuller, more wholesome experience. BJ Smith takes it right out of Atlanta folk territory and into Philly Soul with brass stabs, string sweeps and keys supplementing the already gorgeous bassline.


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