Baby, It’s Mapei

25 Jan

Over the past few decades there have been many covers of The Shirelles 1961 classic “Baby It’s You,” most notably by a little band you may have heard of called The Beatles. But just last year in 2014 singer Mapei released her own cover that comes very close to the magic of the original.

The track starts off with a record scratching sound, right away bringing in a retro element and a bare minimum instrumental that is like Santo and Johnny’s “Sleepwalk.” That leads into Mapei’s vocals which combines the talk-sing vocals of the original recording with an almost Amy Winehouse vibe. The background vocals are so spot on to the original that the only way to tell the two apart is from the original male voice in the Shirelles recording.

There is a small rap section in the midpoint that is not needed, and takes this cover down a peg, but Mapei recovers quickly getting back into the soul of the song, vocally adlibbing, especially towards the end of the tune, which ends in perfect symmetry with the start of the song.

Never straying too far from the original, Mapei does her best to put her sass and style into the cover, making it her own.

Discography: Hey Hey (2014).

Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/mapeimusic

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