Big Boi featuring Little Dragon “Mama Told Me (Studio Version)”

Sure, the suddenly ubiquitous Kelly Rowland ended up doing a good job as guest vocalist on the official album version of Big Boi‘s current single “Mama Told Me”, but for fans who first fell in love with the electro-funk two-stepper as a Big Boi x Little Dragon collaboration, the record company-led substitute did warrant a bit of a “bah humbug”.

Thankfully, in the latest music industry leak instance of Things That Can’t Remain Secret, the original studio version of “Mama” was unearthed on-line via the song’s Grammy-nominated producers The Flush, giving folks an appreciative peek at what could have been.

What results is a not wildly different, yet still slightly superior, take that (sigh) would have been a neat mainstream breakthrough look for the beloved indie Swedish band going into 2013.

Stream the cut below, then check out the two forces live in action from Friday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon performance.

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