TLC’s “No Scrubs” might seem like an easy song to cover—we all know the lyrics, and the melody is simple enough—but it’s deceptively complicated. For one thing, it wasn’t exactly written to be performed on, say, an acoustic guitar, but British singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, didn’t let that deter him. He came into our studio having hammered out the song earlier in the day, delivering a cover that’s soulful, intense, and not even a bit tongue-in-cheek. It’s Atlanta R&B filtered through the admiring eyes of a big British fan.
Passenger’s latest record, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea, is out now on Nettwerk.
Watch our interview with Passenger below.