The only thing seemingly missing from the whole Nu-House retro-’90s craze is a properly legendary diva vocal. Whereas Dajae, Barbara Tucker, Kim English, Ultra Nat?, Joi Cardwell, and many others were featured prominently on the house tracks of the day, the current house revival has for some reason not let the singer be heard. Leave it to the Grammy-nominated British duo Disclosure to go back to the foundation and enlist Mary J Blige to sing on top of their massive track “F For You.” Originally released back in June, I wrote about the track here and played it in my club sets all year (it mixes so perfectly with Breach “Jack”). The pairing is perfect and Blige’s vocals add warmth and soul, elevating the song to an even more epic level. Miss Blige recently joined the duo for a performance at New York City’s Terminal 5, and an updated video featuring her vocal contribution was just released on YouTube. Now just imagine how amazing it would be if they performed this live at the Grammys on Sunday?
Image taken from music video. Song courtesy of Interscope.
Here’s an inspired mash of sounds – early ’90s Detroit techno with a bit of disco house. Dutch producer Tom Trago previews his forthcoming album ‘The Light Fantastic” with this modern throwback vocoder track, “True Friends.” Collaborating with Ben Westbeech, aka Breach, the guy behind the summer jam “Jack,” it’s a wonderful mix of various sounds with a subtly groovy and sexy vibe overlayed with cadenced vocals reminiscent of Outsiders/Amanda Wilson “Keep the Fire Burning.” The video is kind of dark, yet fun at the same way, and we’re always happy to see the effective deployment of mimes to express emotions. If you like “True Friends,” be sure to check out “Two Together,” that Tom Trago did with Steffi.