Written for Kurrent Music
Published December 1st 2015
I could’ve never predicted the trend. When Jason Derulo released “Trumpets” in 2013, he unleashed a sound that could best be described as a duet between an instrument and vocal.
It’s been repeated a few times since. He, himself, did it again with “Wiggle” and then Fifth Harmony (“Worth It”) and Hillary Duff (“Sparks”) followed up. And now, there’s Fleur East with her second single.
“Sax” has the same song structure. A few lines of singing, gets interrupted with a few musical breaks, which yes, are filled with a prominent saxophone.
However, that’s exactly where my comparison ends, because Fleur’s track doesn’t appear to have gotten inspired by Jason Derulo at all. In fact, there’s only one influence that comes to mind, which get confirmed in her lyrics: James Brown.