What better way to celebrate the Feb. 14 return of our weekly Mashup Mondays video series, in which cool artists cover hot songs far outside their normal sound, than with a special preview mashup? April Smith and her band, the Great Picture show, came to Billboard's studios recently to put a jazzy, 1930s spin on Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up," complete with a violin solo.
Trust us, you've never heard Trey Songz sound like this.
The New Jersey bred Smith chose to cover the Songz song, she says, "because I thought it would be really cool with a swing to it... It sounded like a klezmer tune. It has that feel like you might almost hear [it] at a Bar Mitzvah and dance the Hora to it or something."
Smith's take is a far cry from the danceable R&B of the Nicki Minaj-assisted original, which Songz took all the way to No. 6 on the Hot 100 chart in November 2010. But her version, rife with accordian, fiddle, and stand-up bass does make a thematic link with Songz' lyrics: she says "Bottom's Up"'s lines about partying reminded her of Prohibition, hence the speakeasy-ready sound she came up with.
"I think [Trey] would be down with it," says Smith, whose latest album is "Songs For A Sinking Ship." "I hope he would like it. I guess we're going to find out."
Ready for more mashups? Check out all of our first season of Mashup Mondays here -- including Sara Bareilles doing Beyonce's "Single Ladies" and Matisyahu beatboxing Kings of Leon -- and come back to Billboard.com on Feb. 14 for the premiere of the first Mashup Monday of 2011.