Scott Bradlee has an ear for reinvention. The composer behind Postmodern Jukebox can hear a 1970s-inspired rock song performed by a frontman in a bell-bottomed unitard, for example, and breathe new life into it as a New Orleans jazz ditty. This cover of the Darkness’ 2003 hit “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” is a perfect example of how Postmodern Jukebox keeps listeners on their toes through the unexpected nature of its genre mash-ups.
Fans of The Voice might recognize singer Maiya Sykes from her early elimination on the show’s seventh season. With a horn section and upright bass replacing the original song’s flamboyant guitar solos, the cover conjures a smoky after-hours club from decades past.
Postmodern Jukebox’s U.S. tour begins this week. The Darkness, incidentally, will release a new album June 1.