Watch New Sam Sparro Video "Pink Cloud"
Sam Sparro goes positively nostalgic on his much-anticipated new single "Pink Cloud" that explores the soulful, stomping sounds of "Chicago house, Hi-NRG and unabashed soulful dance music." The track is taken from his forthcoming sophomore album "Return To Paradise" that he co-produced with long-time collaborator Jesse Rogg.
"I wanted to something purely artists before the album's release as a tribute to artists I loved arists like Masters at Work, Black Box, Maurice Fulton, and Todd Terry," Sparro explains in a press release. "The song is a tribute to the house music I grew up with. It's the first time I've released a single where I'm not the featured vocalist.
The song comes along with a visually-stunning video that was directed by Franc Fernandez who is mostly known for designing Lady Gaga's meat dress.
Sam Sparro at Sunset Junction Festival on Sunday
After being holed up in the studio and doing a few guest cameos here and there, Sam Sparro is easing himself back into the pop scene. Last night, he performed at Hollywood's Sunset Junction festival together with acts like Mayor Hawthorne and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero. It was a perfect moment for Sparro to try out some new material, including his much-rumored new single "Pink Cloud." Stay tuned for more Sparro news soon. Check out more photos of Sam's performance on Flickr (love that pic) and ABigCityDied.com's web site.
Listen to Adam Lambert "Voodoo" (Produced by Sam Sparro)
The much-anticipated collaboration between West Hollywood pals Adam Lambert and Sam Sparro has finally surfaced on an international edition of Lambert's debut LP "For Your Entertainment." Together they wrote and produced "Voodoo," a throbbing, slow-churning number that has Sparro's signature soul swagger written all over it. It is electro-glam-pop-soul with a whole lot of Lambert sizzle. Quite frankly, I like this track, but I'm mostly excited about hearing something new from Sparro. Listen to a lo-fi version of the song below to get a feel for it. (Photo by Jason Bell for Out 100.)
Superfraiche Pop Night in Los Angeles on January 29!
Very exciting news! In celebration of the 52nd GRAMMYs, I have put together a very special Superfraiche Pop Night in Los Angeles on Friday, January 29 at Spaceland. After successful Superfraiche Pop Nights in New York City, I'm thrilled to take the event to the West Coast. Tickets are available now on Ticketweb.com.
This special GRAMMY-edition of the ArjanWrites.com’s Superfraiche Pop Night in Los Angeles will feature a sweet and crunchy blend of exciting new pop artists from both Europe and the U.S. The event will feature U.K. pop fantasia sensation V V Brown, emerging Custard/Universal Motown recording artist Reni Lane, L.A. electro-pop outfit Love Grenades and piano pop crooner Scott Simons.
Proceeds of the event will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation that is dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs in public schools to ensure that all children have access to a complete education.
ArjanWrites.com’s Superfraiche Pop Night L.A. will be held at Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Show will start at 8:30PM. Hope to see you there!
Superfraiche L.A. Artist Line Up:
V V Brown – British "pop fantasia" sensation V V Brown is one of the hottest new female voices to look out for in 2010. The singer serves up a retro-styled brand of pop that is both soulful and incredibly hooky. Arjan nominated V V Brown for the MTV Logo NewNowNext Award in 2009. V V is set to release her debut “Traveling Like The Light” on February 9.
Reni Lane - Signed by super producer Linda Perry to her Custard / Universal Motown label, this spunky and super fun singer is stirring up crowds with her debut single “Place For Us,” an infectious slice of alt pop rock. VH1 selected the track as the theme of their saucy new hit series Secrets of Aspen. Her major label debut “Ready” drops March 16.
Love Grenades - Love Grenades is one of the hottest new things to come from the Hollywood music scene. These Sunset hipsters put out a distinct brand of sultry disco-pop that is championed by fellow L.A. hitmaker Sam Sparro.
Scott Simons - Piano pop balladeer Scott Simons has shared the stage with pop artists ranging from One Republic to Keane. Scott’s version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was a viral internet and radio hit, garnering over a million plays on MySpace and rotation on radio stations all over the US and abroad. In addition to his own artist career, Scott is also a professional songwriter living in Los Angeles.
Listen to "Soles of Fire" by Sam Sparro, Mark Ronson and Theophilius London
While on the topic of Mark Ronson, there are few others interesting bits to report about. The British producer just wrapped recording sessions with '80s super band Duran Duran. Stripping them down from all the glitz and glam, an insider tells me that Ronson demanded that Simon Le Bon and his men would forget all about their Timbaland experience and go back to the basics. Ronson even made them record in a dingy recording studio in London to make it work.
Ronson also produced a very interesting collaboration between ArjanWrites.com fave Sam Sparro and British MC Theophilus London. Together they are Chaffeur and they unleased the first fruit from their collaboration last week. Ronson produced the track in support of his new Gucci-branded line of sneakers. Very, very interesting. Sparro hits the falsetto and brings the soul. Get it here.