Review – BJ Smith – ‘Dedications to the Greats part 2’ – Hey Ya! and Prototype

It has to be said I originally approached these tracks with some trepidation, I’m not a huge Outkast fan and a bit stuck in my ways when it comes to hip hop so I couldn’t quite see how these reworks could make the tracks any better.  I’m glad to say I was wrong, very wrong.

Hey Ya!  Pricked up my ears immediately with a beautiful flamenco acoustic guitar, light floaty lyrics and a low slung groove, a whole world of difference from the original.  This track rolls on beautifully with large purely instrumental sections, reverb guitars and sun soaked vibes abound.

Prototype begins with a soaring synth and strings which immediately lifts the soul, peppered horn stabs bring a very pleasant welcome surprise, this rework definitely has a very 70’s soul feel to it, a definite change for the better.

I think these are both exactly the type of tracks that would cause a raising of the eyebrows in surprise when thrown into a sunset set, followed by a very large grin of recognition, absolutely top drawer.

9/10

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