Leonard Friend Gives New Jack Swing Treatment to 'Suit & Tie'

While Pitchfork goes trolling for web hits with out-of-character coverage of Justin Timberlake’s new song “Suit & Tie,” we’d rather spotlight Leonard Friend’s deft (and swiftly done) cover of the tune, done in new jack swing style. Friend’s version is shorter — he doesn’t have a guest verse from Jay-Z, of course — but then, there’s no need to belabor the point, either. Also: the pink shoes he’s wearing in the video are pretty sweet.

Friend, the indie R&B persona of former XYZ leader Alex Feder, had a busy 2012, releasing the “Lynyrd Frynd EP” and giving away various singles from it. Laying down his own take on JT’s new joint (which you can download here) is a fine way to start off 2013.


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