I Would Like by Zara Larsson

I question why so many songs today choose to sample from the 90s. Nah! I’m trippin.’ It’s clearly because we’re all obsessed with the 90s. There have been some excellent re-dos to the oldies hits. Some of them should have been left alone however. This track is not one of them. Zara Larsson’s “I Would Like,” is not a bad version of the classic reggae tune “Dat Sexy Body” from Sasha. I could never forget the days when that tune used to bump through the East Flatbush windows of my old building as an itty bitty kid. Zara throws her millennial flavor into it creating a House/dance vibe sort of separating from the whining culture this beat originally ensued. It is nice to hear this tune again – and it’s not so bad hearing it in this 2016 twist. I bet this song will be on heavy base throbbing into the ears of 20 somethings at 11 pm on a Friday night. Anyway, let’s enjoy this track however you like to receive it.

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The Zeal of Melanie Fiona

A firestorm of soul, reggae, and R&B generates massive potential for singer Melanie Fiona. Being born of Guyanese decent, mixed in with a little African, Indian and Portuguese ethnicity, conjures a beautiful blend of eclectic music. The comfort of living in a home filled with music from her guitarist father and music loving mother accelerated this sirens passion.

Her singles “It Kills Me” and “Give it to me Right” of her album The Bridge possesses the words of a woman who adequately speaks from the heart. Her sound exudes the soul and the zest of the blues era and extenuates the allure of vulnerability. The moral in her music speaks a multitude of realism as it transitions from ear to ear. This elegant beauty excretes an attitude of rough edges and yet a soft aura which harmoniously creates an astounding effect.

Her firestorm of pure talent is only growing more gracefully with her new album The MF Life. With a Summer/Fall release date, her single “Gone and Never Coming Back,”  presents a piece of the prize waiting for anxious fans everywhere.

Off  her website, listeners get an intriguing taste of what’s to come from her new album:

“The key thing I want to impress upon anyone who listens to The MF Life is the idea that it’s possible to learn from everything that comes at you,” she says. “That’s been my process. It’s why on the surface, the ‘MF’ in the album title represents my initials, but it also gets at the many facets of myself as an artist and a young woman. It can be viewed the ‘Mighty Fine Life’ in times of triumph and success, but also the ‘Mother-F-ing Life’ when I’m dealing with frustration or misfortune. I celebrate both. I feel it would be dishonest if everything was all about glitz and glamour. It’s about the balance of life, the yin and the yang, the good and the bad, all of that.”

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