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Surfer Blood – Hey Ya! (Outkast Cover)

“My baby don’t mess around because she loves me so and this I know for sure”

90s inspired surf-rock alt-pop band Surfer Blood have turned their hand to hip hop for the new Amazon Acoustics compilation and it seems like a match made in heaven. Turns out taking the much beloved Outkast hit “Hey Ya!” and turning it acoustic takes the funk right out of it, replacing it with more of a campfire vibe.

The West Palm Beach, Florida natives have stripped it back to the bare bones with a basic drumbeat acting as the bassline, joined only by a lightly strummed guitar and vocals for the most part. A more tropical twist comes and goes with a separate guitar line. That being said, apart from the instrumentation, there appears to be little deviation from the soulful dancefloor filler’s original arrangement. One sticking point is the lack of “shake it like a polaroid picture”, and that’s pretty much a deal breaker.