Published Jan 06, 2016Toronto-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter Sway Clarke is kicking of 2016 by reworking one of last year's biggest tunes. Crossing between genres as diverse as folk, pop and hip-hop, Clarke is no stranger to experimenting with different sounds, and he showcases his eclectic tastes on a new rendition of Major Lazer's massive hit "Lean On."
The inspiration to cover the song stemmed from a family visit. "Back in September one of my sisters was visiting from Toronto and were jamming out 'Lean On' in my apartment when she turned and said, 'Why don't you cover this?'" Clarke explains in a statement. "Because I love her, I tried it out at some open mics in Berlin — and voila!"
He delivers an acoustic guitar-backed version, with Clarke's raw, soulful vocals capturing listeners' attention from the get-go. It's a lot different than the original, in a totally refreshing way.
In addition to being one of his favourite songs of 2015, "Lean On" also inspired Clarke to record a '90s rock-inspired mixtape, which he'll be releasing later this month. Taking things in a totally different direction, it will hear him take on classics from the likes of Pearl Jam, Travis, Oasis and Blur, to name a few. For now, hear his fresh take on the electro grooves of "Lean On" in the player below and check out his upcoming German tour dates here.