Wow, this one is a headscratcher. In my mind, when I saw Ester Dean on this record, my frame of reference was that she sang the urban booty record “Drop It Low,” and “Super Bass” with Nicki Minaj. Come to find out she cowrote big hits for Rihanna (“S&M” / “Rude Boy”) and Katy Perry (“Firework,” “Peacock”) and starred in ‘Pitch Perfect’ as the lesbian with swag. On first listen, “We’ve Only Just Begun” would be a strong instrumental track with catchy electro riffs and subtle energy builds that capture you in the beat. Ester’s aggressively seductive lyrics (which lead her partner to take her home and instruct them on how to properly perform cunnilingus) are surprisingly subtle unless you pay really close attention (reminding me of the perverted “Too Close,” originally done by Next). Her vocal delivery morphs with the intensity of the track – increasing and decreasing in power and control. The original mix is incredibly strong on its own and the remixes by Gorgon City, Westfunk & Steve Smart, and R3hab & Zroq expand its reach with flavors of two step-garage/bass, house, and harder electro. Major props to Ministry of Sound for creating the first video in recent memory where all the female dancers are completely covered. With this song Ester has “only just begun” her journey into the EDM club world. Watch out for her forthcoming cover of Bonnie Raitt’s classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” easily the best version of the song since Nashville Star’s Angela Hacker redefined it for the 21st century.
Image Courtesy of Ministry of Sound.