Friday, August 9, 2013

Hang On To Your Groove: New Music from Sam Sparro

By John Hill

In a perfect world, Sam Sparro would have already been a superstar many times over. Instead he is seen as a one-hit wonder in much of the world for “Black and Gold” and as another struggling musician here in the United States. Still he persists, and we should all be grateful for that. In an attempt to get his music to the masses in a faster and more expeditious manner, Sparro has opted to release a series of EPs. Entitled "Quantum Physical," this body of work is being preceded by Mechanical, a mixtape that has quickly become my go-to for a pick-me-up pretty much any time of day. Interspersed between remixes by the likes of Aaliyah, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Rosie Gaines are unreleased tracks from Sam that will be part of the Quantum Physical era.

While Mechanical is a groove-laden mix from start to finish, its heart and soul lies in “Hang On 2 Your Love,” which will be released as a single on August 13. A thumping bass combined with a warped synth line, strong house keyboard riffs and Sparro’s dynamic vocals equals musical perfection I wish I had to listen to earlier in the summer, but I am glad to have it now. Don’t sleep on Sparro’s other new tracks, which include the oh-so-timely “Fascism” that seems custom-made for these hypocritical times we currently live in.

Part one of Quantum Physical will be released in September (no specific date has been published yet), but follow Sam on Twitter (@sam_sparro) for all the latest details.

While his full-time job is in education, John Hill also writes a successful music blog titled Pop Music Notes. He is also active on Twitter @popmusicnotes and lives in Denver with his partners in crime James and Bruiser.