Ta-Ku – “American Girl” (ft Wafia)
Last month, Australian producer Ta-Ku released a song called “American Girl”. Unexpectedly, it’s a duet that finds Ta-Ku singing (!!!) on the first verse with Wafia on the second, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Inspired by Estelle’s “American Boy”, Ta-Ku wanted to create a stripped back, emotional version of her song, and I’m glad that he did because it’s incredible.
The downtempo production is smooth, slowly expanding into serene and sensual territory, through tip-toeing piano keys, intermittent claps, and lush, emotive strings. Ta-Ku’s got vocal chops and his soulful, alluring voice will make every American girl swoon, and Wafia’s sultry pop voice will make all American boys think she’s singing about him. It’s a lovely tune, and I really like that the final third of the song is pure instrumental. Give it a listen, then buy it from the digital outlets listed below.
“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. I’m very proud of this song. I hope you enjoy it.”