COVER OF THE WEEK: UNTHINKABLE (ALICIA KEYS) – BROCKHAMPTON

If you are familiar with Brockhampton’s music you might not think this alternative Hip Hop group an obvious choice to cover an Alicia keys down-tempo, but here they are tackling what is possibly one of Alicia’s finest moments artistically. Unthinkable (I’m Ready) was the fourth release from Alicia’s 2009 album The Element of Freedom and not only did it top the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: UNTHINKABLE (ALICIA KEYS) – BROCKHAMPTON

SONG OF THE DAY: MEL B feat. MISSY ELLIOTT – I WANT YOU BACK

At the time of writing, this song is just over 20 years old. 20 YEARS! If I knew how to insert an emoji here I would put the little face with the raised eyebrows and open mouth. Scary had always been my favourite Spice Girl and I was truly excited at the news of solo music from her. But then to hear that Missy had … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: MEL B feat. MISSY ELLIOTT – I WANT YOU BACK

SONG OF THE DAY: TEYANA TAYLOR – GONNA LOVE ME

A few years ago I started worrying that traditional R&B music was slowly disappearing from our speakers and being replaced either by a generic pop sound or harder, trap influenced beats. Case in point: Usher. Known for releasing some of the best R&B mid tempos (U Remind Me, U Got It Bad, Confessions, Burn…), in recent years he has distanced himself from the sound and … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: TEYANA TAYLOR – GONNA LOVE ME

SONG OF THE DAY: ANGIE STONE – WISH I DIDN’T MISS YOU

As one of Angie Stone’s most well known songs many people believe I Wish I Didn’t Miss You to be a bigger commercial hit than it really was. Aided by a club remix by Hex Hector, the track became a dance floor anthem and much loved particularly amongst the gay community, but did not light up the charts as one might have imagined. Still, who … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: ANGIE STONE – WISH I DIDN’T MISS YOU

SONG OF THE DAY: JOHN LEGEND – HEAVEN

Credit where credit is due, Kanye West produced some great music in the mid-00s didn’t he? His production style was so distinct and many of the songs he produced for other artists still sound great almost 15 years later. Combine West’s production style with John Legend’s irresistible tone and pleading lyrics and you’re left with a breakup song that if you’re in love makes you … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: JOHN LEGEND – HEAVEN

SONG OF THE DAY: WHITNEY HOUSTON – WHY DOES IT HURT SO BAD (LIVE)

I don’t think I can do this performance any justice by trying to intellectualise its brilliance and beauty. It. Is. Perfection. The original recording features on the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack and was officially released as the 7th single from the film. Most people will of course be more familiar with the set’s lead single Exhale (Shoop Shoop) which was a Billboard Hot 100 number … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: WHITNEY HOUSTON – WHY DOES IT HURT SO BAD (LIVE)

SONG OF THE DAY: P!NK – LET ME LET YOU KNOW

WHO DO I HAVE TO BEG TO GET P!NK TO DO ANOTHER R&B ALBUM?????Her debut offering ‘Can’t Take Me Home’ is one of the best records from the early 00s and most definitely my favourite P!nk album. As I understand it the direction of Can’t Take Me Home was led very much by LA Reid who believed P!nk’s strength lay in R&B music (which was … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: P!NK – LET ME LET YOU KNOW