Chris Malinchak blew up seemingly out of nowhere last year when “So Good To Me” broke from the blogosphere all the way to radio- and nearly the top of the pop charts. The uplifting, retro ’90s house record had a silky, soulful vibe helped by the samples from both the ’60s (“If This World Were Mine” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) and ’80s (“Back to Life” by Soul II Soul). The new single, “If You Got It,” continues the vibe with a nu-house (that’s the buzz term for the ’90s-inspired house trend) groove complimented with lyrics reworked from ’60s and ’70s Motown records (Smokey Robinson “Cruisin” and The Supremes “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”). The cross-pollination of the eras creates a sound that is uniquely Malinchak as there is no one else making records that sound like this. If we were in the ’90s, the song would probably be classified as morning music even throughout the tempo is about 120 BPM. For a dubbed out clubbier take, check out the Mark Knight mix. The video also follows the surreal ‘searching for truth’ vibe of the first track – whereas “So Good To Me” was about a little girl searching for her lost giraffe – “If You Got It” shows a guy pursuing a woman who is either already dating his identical twin or himself in a ghostlike, transgressive state. Yeah, I don’t really get it either, but it actually does fit the lyrics of the song.
Image Courtesy of Relentless Recordings.