On listening to Bounce-Worthy artist Bez's 2011 debut album, Super Sun, we were instantly taken with brilliantly Legend-esque uptempos like "Say" and the title track, and the mournful standouts "More You" and the Sade-evocative "Stronger." But a near-universal favorite in any discussion of the album always seemed to be "That Stupid Song."
After the bounce
Grounded by a limber piano chord and turntable scratches at all the right moments, this cut from Cobhams Asuquo, the blind beatsmith ranking among Africa's top music producers, manages to be retro and utterly contemporary at once. So when BET announced it would air the world premiere of the song's video (an honor the network has never before given to an African act), I planned on tuning in to 106 & Park for probably the first time in a century. True to the song, the new vid, with its stylized B&W graininess and neon orange accents, is a refreshingly contemporary take on what's become a tired trend of retro-fetishization in mainstream music.