Friday, April 28, 2017

10 essential Valentine mellow jams…

10 essential Valentine mellow jams...10 essential Valentine mellow jams… “What is this thing called love?”, used to sing Alexander O’Neal back in the early 90’s. I suppose each of us would have her/his elements of response. Which is arguably what makes both the mystery and the magic of this feeling. Such as these countless demonstrations one can find on countless artforms. From litterature to cinema. Not to mention photography or music.

Therefore, and as always, a selection is per definition limited. Even though God knows how the matter has been on the lips of numerous artists. Meanwhile bringing many of us to dream, think, pray along with the circumstances.
As a result, many are those we couldn’t talk about here. Even though they would have definitely deserved a mention. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly emotional pieces of art where the quality predominates. Be it from the melody and the arrangements, the lyrics and/or the vocal performances. And most likely altogether as one.

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting it together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome…

Last but not least, let me address my deepest thoughts to my beautiful mermaid, who should recognize herself…

10 essential Valentine mellow jams / Tina Turner – Two People (Capitol)
It reputedly at least takes two to make it one… God knows how Tina suffered from a violent relationship with her former husband (Ike). How to not make the connection when listening to the lyrics of… ‘Two People’ which she vibrantly performs? “Two people living on the edge of life are people running out of dreams and time. I can hear it when you tell me so. I can feel it but I can’t let go.”
10 essential Valentine mellow jams / Aretha Franklin – It’s Just Your Love (Arista)
One of the most accomplished productions by the likes of the late Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller. Aretha Franklin has rarely sounded so vibrant as a matter of fact. With the lyrics of this song telling all about it. “All I think of us is your love and how you really knock me out for. You mean more to me than any gift that you can give because your love is what I live for. More than the fifty flowers you send me every hour, there is no only reason why I’m in love. It’s just your love…”
10 essential Valentine mellow jams / Loose Ends – Love’s Got Me (Morales Mix) (10 Records/AVL)
Of course, how to not think of ‘Hanging On A String’ or ‘Ooh You Make Feel Feel’. But what about ‘Love’s Got Me’? Loose Ends had so much on offer as a matter of fact. What an outstanding performance by the likes of Carl McIntosh whose voice reminds at times of Marvin Gaye. The title just speaks for itself as to what to expect here. With Def Mix David Morales delivering one of his best remixes ever, true to the original spirit of this Brit-Soul/Jazz gem, although bringing it to the next level…
10 essential Valentine mellow jams / Miles Jaye – Heaven (Celestial Club Mix) (4th & B’Way)
You, familiar with these shores, should probably have noticed the presence of this infectious cut as a part of our 10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes (vol. 1). As a matter of fact, Knuckles was not alone doin’ it, but along with Def Mix partner David Morales. The twosome showing once again how they could bring R&B to the next level. Such a pity this unsung jewel didn’t get the recognition it definitely deserves at the time. The lyrics as Miles Jaye‘s vocal performance just come from… ‘Heaven’!
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