Recently Beyoncé created a bit of controversy (amongst hipsters, anyway) with her new single "Run The World (Girls)." The song significantly ripped off Major Lazer’s "Pon de Floor," although we have to use the term "ripped off" loosely, considering Diplo and Switch (aka Major Lazer) actually produced the track. Sure, everyone samples songs nowadays and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the beat to this song is so obviously "Pon de Floor" with Beyoncé’s vocals slapped over it that it just seems like lazy songwriting. This would make for a great bootleg track but it seems like an odd practice for an actual official studio song.
Today when I stumbled across the new single for Nicola Roberts’ "Beat Of My Drum" I again heard that familiar beat. Unsurprisingly when I checked out who produced the track, Diplo and Switch’s names popped up yet again. The only difference here is that "Pon de Floor" is so much more seamlessly integrated into the song this time. Unless you are listening for it you might not even notice that it samples "Pon de Floor", which is what ever good sample should do.
I’d never heard of Nicola Roberts before, but apparently she was a part of Girls Aloud, a girl group created on a British TV pop competition. She looks a lot like Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and the song sounds a bit like if the Basement Jaxx made a silly little pop song. I actually like it quite a bit.
If you aren’t already familiar with the song, or just want hear how it compares to these two songs, you can check out the original Major Lazer track "Pon de Floor" here.