SONG OF THE DAY: AUGUST GREENE feat. BRANDY – OPTIMISTIC

I recently featured this song on my Blue Monday Spotify Playlist (click here to read more on that). The original version by Sounds of Blackness is a longtime favourite of mood enhancer of mine and this cover by August Greene and Brandy is a beautiful homage. Brandy’s signature soulful vocals are on top form here, and with the addition of a rap by August Greene … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: AUGUST GREENE feat. BRANDY – OPTIMISTIC

COVER OF THE WEEK: HOTLINE BLING (DRAKE) – WILLIAM SINGE

I don’t want to take any heat from Drake fans (there are a lot of them), but I kinda think this version is better than the original *insert shrugging emoji here*. It’s just more soulful and appeases my penchant for classic R&B music. Obviously though it has to be said that in order to create a good cover version you need a great song to … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: HOTLINE BLING (DRAKE) – WILLIAM SINGE

SONG OF THE DAY: USHER feat. BEYONCÉ and LIL’ WAYNE – LOVE IN THIS CLUB, PART II

A few months ago I wrote a post about a few Mariah Carey remixes that I thought were better than the original versions, and this remix of Usher’s 2008 single ‘Love In The Club’ is another example of when that happens. It’s not just the addition of Beyoncé that elevates the song, but lyrically it’s far more interesting than the original which is simply just … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: USHER feat. BEYONCÉ and LIL’ WAYNE – LOVE IN THIS CLUB, PART II

SONG OF THE DAY: MISSY ELLIOTT feat. LAMB – I’M BETTER

This is probably one of the most slept on Hip Hop tracks of the last two years. I’ll admit when I first heard the song I wasn’t as in to it as ‘WTF (Where They From)’, released two years prior. We’re used to Missy singles having an obvious hook to sing along with but this doesn’t really have one and that can make it a … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: MISSY ELLIOTT feat. LAMB – I’M BETTER

MARIAH CAREY – WHEN THE REMIX IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL

In 1995 Mariah Carey released the smash hit song Fantasy from her fifth album Daydream. Accompanying the original release was a more hip hop driven remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’Dirty Bastard. It would be this song that started a trend in Mariah’s career to take a more pop flavoured song and give it an urban makeover, oftentimes completely reinventing the original track with barely … Continue reading MARIAH CAREY – WHEN THE REMIX IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL