Sam Sparro is back.

His debut album was released in April 2008, almost 4 years ago and is still one of my favourite pop albums. It think it was the funk and soul influences that won me over. Yes, it was. The loping, synthy Cottonmouth, the best song Prince never wrote Hot Mess or the total funk jam Clingwrap, it was an album chock full of underrated pop. I havent even mentioned Pocket or 21st Century Life.  Fast forward to 2010 and he slips out Pink Cloud which is all 90s inspired and housey and instrumental. Apparently it was an art project (check the video) and not a single from the new album. Give it a few spins and it’ll grow into a tuuuuuune.

The new album ‘Return to Paradise’ is due in May 2012 and if The Shallow End is anything to go by I’m excited. He’s said there’s lots of live instrumentation and more 70s and 80s influences. Ready now.

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