To successfully attack a song that’s as much of a classic as Blondie’s “Call Me,” an artist needs more than just a certain level of talent. The artist needs originality; she needs swagger. Luckily for us, California’s Dev (and production team the Cataracs) has all that in spades. It’s no surprise that the vocalist who was sampled (or featured, depending on how you look at it) on Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” is enough of a badass to do a good Blondie cover. What’s refreshing is just how she does it.
Instead of just dropping some new electropop elements over the original, Dev somehow manages to flip it straight into an electro classic. Out of nowhere, we get hit with a totally new beat. Once you hear it, it becomes hard to believe it hasn’t been a part of the tune all along. There’s the electro flourish here and there, but the majority of the changes aren’t gimmicks – they’re simply little bits of dancey awesomeness that Dev and the Cataracs just can’t keep out of their music.