My homies over at Soulbounce raised the concern that the current wave of retro soul is just as trendy as that Godawful inescapable auto-tune madness I’m confronted with every time I flip on 99 Jamz here in Miami.
I’m sorry, friends who are fans…but I can snap my fingaz to T-Pain only so much.
I admit, retro music is a trend I’m unlikely to get sick of. I listen to Amy Winehouse less and less — I loved her so much when she debuted Stateside, but I hate watching so much talent literally go to waste, and it’s gotten to the point where I just can’t even listen to Back to Black without thinking about the hot mess she is today. But picking up the retro baton and racing away with it are Raphael Saadiq — I love Love That Girl, Solange — I decided that I do like I Decided, and VH1 darling Duffy.
I figured it was only a matter of time before the retro movement came full circle. So last week I’m cruising in my Cruiser, listening to my favorite Miami pirate station, when I hear this.
And I think — is that DIANA? OMG. This Supremes remix has been getting HEAVY rotation on local pirate reggae stations, and it combines two genres I’m addicted to — vintage soul and vintage reggae. Love it.
Apparently the remix is by talented French DJ I-Plant — whose MySpace page is called Black Soul Remix, and he’s got a free download of his latest remixes, which includes Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Michael Jackson inna reggae stylee. Some work better than others, but I’m grooving to it and thought you might too. A Throwback Thursday with a twist. Enjoy, bellas and fellas!