That’s The Way Love Goes is my all-time favourite Janet Jackson hit. It’s a slow, sensual, R&B jam that’ll get you in the mood for love. There isn’t really much to say about this song because it speaks for itself. Personally, I think this is old school Janet at its finest…
With hits like It’s a Pity, These Streets and Boom Wuk, Tanya Stephens has made herself a name for herself as one of Jamrock’s queen reggae artists. She is no doubt a bad gyal, straight outta Jamaica.
Goggle, her 1997 release, was remixed and made that much hotter using Busta Rhymes‘s Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See rhythm. It has the bump n’ grind beat – if you wanna get down – and speaks to women who shouldn’t pay mind to guys who just want to fool because they’ll tell their guys friends after the fact. Or at least that is how Urban Dictionary translates the lyrics.
So ladies, if you’re going to do anything good for yourselves, “gal yuh never goggle.”
I’ve only recently been introduced to the ‘deep house, down tempo’ music of Blue Six and I’m only sad I haven’t been listening to them sooner!
Blue Six, produced by Jay Denes, plays a mix of house, soulful pop and smooth jazz, which might often remind you of lounge music – and their 1998 release “Sweeter Love” expresses just this. You might even find yourself singing along with the “ah ah” parts – or maybe that’s just me?
If you love soulful Brazilian music, then you’re in for a treat.
Boa Sorte, meaning “good luck” in Portuguese, is actually a song about a breakup but it is sung beautifully by Brazilian artist Vanessa da Mata and Canadian musician Ben Harper.
What I love most about this song is the Brazilian influence that is subtly added to the soft, soulful vibes. While Vanessa lends her own idiosyncrasies to the creation, Ben translates every word. So don’t worry, you won’t get lost in translation:
E so isso / That’s it
Nao tem mais jeito / There is no way
Acabou, boa sorte / It over, Good luck
Nao tenho o que dizer / I have nothing left to say
Sao so palavras / It’s only words
E o que eu sinto / And what I feel
Nao mudara / Won’t change
This has to be one of my favourites from both artists, so I hope you enjoy!
Leon Haywood, an American funk and soul musician from the 60s and 70s, created a piece of genius called I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You. It was so popular that many artists have ripped off the same tune to add to their track resumes, including Mariah Carey’s You Had Your Chance, Redman’s Rockafella and many more. Here’s Haywood’s smooth single from 1975:
Probably the most popular remake is the gangster-infused Nothin’ But a G Thang by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Besides the change from Haywood’s sexy yet subtle lyrics to Snoop and Dre’s more explicit (and less romantic) gangster rap, the flow remains the same but with a little more hip hop in the mix. It’s like this and like that and like this and uh.
What’s your take? Do you prefer the original Haywood version or the rap and rhyme of Snoop and Dre?
p.s. Did y’all see that baby dancing in the video?