“Old hat” is something people say when they’re unimpressed. My sister jokingly says it to dub something woefully out of touch or too familiar to matter. In fact, on “Old Hat,” Van Hunt carries that timeless air of self-possession that only some old funk and jazz ever really achieves. I doubt Van Hunt cares if he looks hip or current in the video — this is a guy who’s worked alongside iconic artists like Mary J. Blige and The Roots — but the opportunity to play off the phrase was clearly too tempting. The simple, tongue-in-cheek visuals complement the song’s understated, playful insouciance perfectly. Watch it below.
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