Stro Elliot takes on familiar territory and pulls it off swimmingly (audio)
I figured it’s been almost a week since my last Stro Elliot post, so here’s another one to keep the trend going!
In all seriousness though, I have a reason for posting Stro Elliot-content this week: the first song from his upcoming debut on Street Corner Music, “The Summer Love Song”! One thing I’ve always liked about Stro Elliot, much like Tall Black Guy, is he isn’t afraid of obvious samples (the sample is “Summer Madness” by Kool & The Gang, for the record) and chopping them up in new and interesting ways. The melody of the original song is left largely intact, with little cut-ins of the iconic synths from the song (along with some extra synth work, I believe), and a well placed, Mos Def sample to add a little catchiness to the whole mix. I gotta say, for a mellow summer jam, this track works perfectly and makes me more and more hyped for his album, which is due out this fall!
Bonus: here’s “Summer Madness” if you’ve never heard it (which if you haven’t, seriously shame on you!).