January 6, 2008
Up in 08: Sam Sparro
Nice tee shirt! Aussie-born Los Angeleno Sam Sparro is, simply put, the man to fill the gap left by missing-in-action soulsters Lewis Taylor and Maxwell. We already know skanky penis-pierced, guitar-slinging Lenny Kravitz can't do it. He can't handle the disco.
Black And Gold is Sam's signature tune and it's gorgeous, pulsating and totally hot. Cottonmouth, streaming on his myspace, is also class. Nick Huggett, head of A&R at Columbia Records, recently told The Guardian that he'd tried to sign him but lost. Columbia?! Things must be good for Sam! He's currently finishing his album and is set to make a new video for Black And Gold.
Which brings me to a problem, and I say this with love: Sam is sartorially challenged. I think he must go to Ari Gold's stylist (see what I mean) because the clothes are shameful! Sam need never do another video like the recent one for Cottonmouth - he looks 13 and silly. It's just beneath his music. Instead, watch Black And Gold below, despite the shimmer, gold chains and hoodies. Next video, Sam needs to just put on that Grace Jones tee and sing sing sing. He can do that quite well.
To actually buy Sam's songs may prove quite difficult. His website says Black And Gold is available at iTunes and emusic, but it's not. Bagpak has the songs, but requires Paypal and I was not able to download what I paid for (I have sent them a letter!). You could try other blogs until Sam gets solid distribution, though I am not necessarily advising that!