not a member? click here to sign up

Sam Sparro

The ghost of Marvin hovers over debut by Digi-Soul merchant - sensuous dancefloor fodder with an evocative voice

Rating: 8 / 10

Jackie Hayden, 04 Jun 2008

Los Angeles-based Sparro invaded the Irish charts with the pounding slice of digi-soul electrofunk that is ‘Black And Gold’. It’s included here on a promising debut album which nods towards Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

The Gaye influence gives Sparro a sensuous edge that could help him transcend the genre, especially in the invigorating ‘Hot Mess’ and ‘21st Century Life’, both of which are ace dancefloor fodder. He applies his evocative voice to full effect on ‘Pocket’ and the Prince-like ‘Clingwrap’. He has an obvious ambition to stand aside from the herd, and lyrics like “If vision is the only validation, then most of my life isn’t real,” suggest he’s thinking both outside and beyond the box. If Sparro can continue to make music that appeals to ears, mind and feet, he could be around for the long haul.

Key Track: 'Black and Gold'

Rating: 8 / 10
Artist Related Content

Latest Related Articles For This Artist

Sam Sparro plays Dublin

Sam Sparro makes a beeline for Ireland this December with a show at the Academy.

News: 13 Oct 2008

Sam's Town

Internationalist jet-setting dance-pop playboy Sam Sparro has been propelled to ubiquity by the single 'Black And Gold', but he's not above offering HP a bite of his cheese toastie. Ahem.

Interview: 26 Jun 2008

best of ireland

Contact Us

Hot Press,
13 Trinity Street,
Dublin 2.
Rep. Of Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 241 1500

Click here for more contact information.

Click here to find out more about Hot Press

Hot Press always welcomes feed back so if you've got something to tell us click here.

Advertise With Us

For more detail on how to advertise with Hot Press click here or call us on +353 (1) 241 1540