“Hey Ya” by Outkast was the first song I danced with a girl to. It was at my friend Josh’s bar mitzvah, yet I can’t exactly remember the lovely young lady’s name. Regardless, if you were born in between the years 1990-1996, “Hey Ya” probably holds a special place in your musical heart.
When I saw that Sweater Beats and vocalist KAMAU had covered the millennial smash hit, I was immediately intrigued. The bass bumping production is layered with background vocal harmonies that accompany KAMAU’s lead vocals beautifully. When the chorus kicks in, we’re graced with a great summer synth line and the memories of screaming “HEY YA!” at all those bar/bat mitzvah’s, school dances, and even weddings.
So, sit back, pop in an old VHS tape recording of an episode of ABC’s Saturday Morning Cartoons, and enjoy your hearty taste of nostalgia for the day.