Wildcard (week 29):
Aloe Blacc – King Is Born

If Aloe Blacc were to be remembered for his vocals on Aviciiโ€™s Wake Me Up only, it would be a bloody shame. Letโ€™s at least also recall him for his wonderful real name: Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III. And needless (I hope) to remind you of his own hits I Need A Dollar and The Man.

Last year he released three tracks (one of them being the great Broke), all of which havenโ€™t yet appeared on an album (thatโ€™s a more or less coherent collection of songs, kids). The same goes for his new single, King Is Born. A new classic, as far as Iโ€™m concerned. Most literally so, because it uses a sample from The Ides Of Marchโ€™s 1970 hit Vehicle. Pop quiz question: in what hugely popular rock band did The Ides Of March singer Jim Peterik show up in the 1980โ€™s?(*)

Talking about boxing, this brings me back to Aloe Blaccโ€™s new single. King Is Born is the theme song to the upcoming boxing match between titans Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, on 26 August. Itโ€™s also scheduled to appear on Blaccโ€™s new album, that he is currently finishing.

King Is Born is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard and will feature here prominently the whole week long!

(*) Survivor, best-known for their Rocky-related hits Eye Of The Tiger and Burning Heart.

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