Fresh from her Mercury nomination, songbird of the UK underground, Jessie Ware, has teamed up with suspiciously new kids on the block, BenZel aka. Umi Takahashi and Yoko Watanabe, a production duo who apparently left Osaka to set up shop in New York... Anyway, what a combination it is, as they take on a cover of Brownstone's massive 1994 hit "If You Love Me".
Accompanied by sativa-infused, lava-like visuals, Jessie practically whispers on this weightless rework, as it rises and falls into a gentle slope. It’s lacking in the considerable amount of ~independent laydeez~ vibe of the original, but it’s a pretty and pitched down offering from Ware, and I'm kinda into the idea of turning this Z-snapping anthem of female empowerment into a breathy, down-tempo track.
2013: The Year Nelly Was Everywhere and Nowhere at the Same Time
No other artist spent as much time so close to the Zeitgeist as Nelly this year without being even remotely close to being the Zeitgeist.
You Don’t Like Childish Gambino's 'Because the Internet' Because of the Internet
Don't allow the narrative surrounding Donald Glover's musical career define the way you think.
The Real Difference Between a Mixtape and an Album
Why do rappers still about sales when they could release a mixtape, gain exposure, and cash in later?
Are the Grammys Irrelevant or Did Yeezus Actually Suck?
Breaking down Yeezy's obsession with the awards.
2013: A Year In Which Some Music Happened
A year’s art starts on Day One of the new year. If we don’t quantify it somehow by December, who are we as a people and what is our worth?
If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.
The Real Rick Ross Stands Up
We met with the ex-crack kingpin, who told us stories from his drug dealing days and gave us an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming autobiography.
Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year.
These are the women who kicked a particularly large amount of ass in 2013.
2013: The Most OK Year Ever
Kitty Pryde reflects on her sort of shitty, sort of amazing 2013.