New visions of classic sounds…what we’re listening to this week.
This. Is. The Remix…We start things off with three and a half minutes of absolute fire from Haitian-born, Canadian-bred super producer, Kaytranada. His remix of Mark Morrison’s ’90s anthem Return of the Mack is a gift to whatever you’re doing for the rest of this summer. For the younger heads, please do your research and listen to the original version first…then go make yourself the favorite child at the family reunion by dropping this edit on your cousins, aunts and uncles at the barbecue!
Janet Jackson is to R&B what Julius Erving is to the dunk. Just like the basketball torch has come to Lebron through Kobe, Jordan, and Erving’s hands…the diva torch has come to Beyonce through the hands of Mariah, Whitney, and Janet. With such an important status in the culture, many of us hold our breath whenever Janet drops new music. We can’t stand the thought of a wack song or album tarnishing the image of Miss Jackson. Well…Fear Not…the queen has delivered once again. Janet’s new single, No Sleeep, is a welcome addition to the collection of well-paced, sensual tracks that are part of her legacy to the culture. Enjoy responsibly with that special someone.
With our third song this week, we move from new takes on classic R&B sounds to a new take on the classic funk sound. Tuxedo – the dynamic duo formed by singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One – recently blessed the internet with a new-to-the-U.S. single, Without Your Love. If you aren’t up on Tuxedo, get familiar with their self-titled debut album which dropped earlier this year…then get your drink and your two-step and get out on the dancefloor!
We can’t go a month without discovering a young British emcee who gives us hope for the global future of hip-hop. This week we finish with Let Me Explain from London rapper Barney Artist. This is the kind of head-nod, boom-bap, rappity-rap that reminds you that the culture is big…and there will always be a place for lyricism. His latest album, Bespoke is available on iTunes.