Is it Christmas or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah? It sure feels like a holiday, because an Olly Murs song is finally available in America! Wheeee!
Ahem. In case you don’t know him, Olly Murs is a British pop star who rose to fame on The X Factor. (That show has also delivered One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson, which means it’s doing a lot more for us than the American version.)
Since leaving the television show, Murs has become a major artist, topping the British charts multiple times with his impish love songs. And I do mean “impish:” In every song, you can practically see Murs winking slyly while he sings about kissing on top of a funky beat. That attitude is why I enjoy his music: He seems confident, but not cocky. He clearly having a good time, but instead of getting wasted in a club, he’s making droll little jokes at a soccer match.
That playfulness comes across in the new video for “Heart Skips a Beat,” which is a spectacular slice of New Jack Swing. Take a listen below and watch the video here:
I mean, right? Murs is super cute, and when he plays soccer with all those ladies, he’s a total scamp. I love a scamp! The lady is a scamp! Scamp stamp! Shrimp scampi!
Ahem. And let’s not ignore the song itself, which is surprisingly melodic for a modern dance track. That makes it stand out in my current gym playlist, as does the super-awesome “skip-skip-skip” section in the chorus. So much fun!
(For those keeping score: The American version of “Heart Skips a Beat” features rappers Chiddy Bang, while Rizzle Kicks guested on the original. For me, Chiddy’s verse is cleverer and more memorable.)
If I were taking bets, then I’d say this song will end up in my top ten for the entire year. And top ten status gives Murs even more boyfriend potential.
Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship.