Across 135th Street
More Reggae Covers For Lovers
Cupid fresh: celebrate Valentine’s Day with the return of Chairman Mao’s heart-shaped box full of soul classics inna Lovers Rock style.
Once again ’tis the season of heart-shaped sweet nothings lurking round every corner. And with it comes yet another batch of sweet somethings served up from the crates of Across 135th Street host and selector Chairman Jefferson Mao – specifically, lovers rock reggae covers of classic r&b tunes. More Reggae Covers For Lovers (And All You Others) spikes sugar levels from git with Seventh Extension’s rendition of Earth Wind & Fire’s Reasons. From there it’s another veritable bouquet of beloved tracks done inna lovers rock style – from Janet Kaye’s re-coding of Zapp’s Computer Love to Junior English’s take on _(artist-name)Curtis Mayfield’_s Mary J. Blige-sampled You’re So Good To Me to Al Charles’ version of the Gap Band’s Outstanding, Candy McKenzie’s reinterpretation of Patrice Rushen’s You Remind Me, and (going out to all the Beatnuts and MC Eiht fans) Christine Lewin’s lovely treatment of Tyrone Davis’ quiet storm standard In The Mood. Forget the box of chocolates. If the spirit moves you let dem tune groove you.