Superstar - Hollie Cook

from the single Superstar b/w Superdub (2017)

Hollie Cook's brand of slightly downtempo, London-centric reggae and dub has consistently produced some of my favorite music of the decade.  Her songs are central to the soundtrack of my summers.

Add to that playlist Superstar, a cover of classic Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell song made most popular by The Carpenters in 1971.  That version has always stood out to me with Richard Carpenter choice of an oboe in the opening measures, Karen Carpenter's voice, and the tightness of the Wrecking Crew.  Truth told, I really dig the oboe.

Hollie Cook's version opens with heavy organ replacing the oboe, followed by the introduction of reggae instruments segueing into a delicious, bouncing vibe.  By the time the vocals enter, you are swept into the hooks, singing:

Don't you remember you told me you loved me baby?

This is the stuff summer dreams are made of.

Click Here to listen to Hollie Cook's cover of Superstar.

Click Here to read my June 2012 blog post on Hollie Cook's Shadow Kissing.

Click Here to listen to my May 2014 blog post on Hollie Cook's Looking For Real Love.