The latest track from Perth producer Ta-ku features Wafia, ‘American Girl’ is a remix of Estelle and Kanye West’s ‘American Boy’ that was released in 2008. The song is a much slower, pared back version of the hip-hop/R&B classic and features sweet (kind of sad) vocals from both artists – for someone who doesn’t usually place himself, physically, in his work, Ta-ku has some serious singing chops (is there anything this guy can’t do?).
In the track’s description, Ta-ku wrote “American Girl started as a joke when I was watching old Kobe Bryant highlights and Estelle’s ”American Boy” was the soundtrack. I really wanted to make a stripped back #emotional version that would play on its really great melodic structure. I reached out to my lovely friend Wafia to sing a duet with me & mustered enough courage to jump on the first verse.”
Wafia is no stranger to the R&B cover and definitely works more magic with this one. Take a listen to the tune below.