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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 20/5/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(1) EDITORS: Barricades
    2.(5) MADONNA/SWAE LEE: Crave
    3.(-) HOWARD JONES & BT: The One To Love You
    4.(-) THE SKINTS: Learning To Swim
    5.(12) POLO G/LIL TJAY: Pop Out
    6.(8) SLEEPER: The Sun Also Rises
    7.(-) SKEPTA/NAFE SMALLZ: Greaze Mode
    8.(2) PETER DOHERTY AND THE PUTA MADRES: Who's Been Having You Over
    9.(4) ANGELICA VILA: More In The Morning
    10.(-) THE BUDOS BAND: Old Engine Oil
    11.(3) JOSH RITTER: Old Black Magic
    12.(-) LUKE COMBS: Beer Never Broke My Heart
    13.(10) FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES: Kitty Sucker
    14.(6) MELISSA ETHERIDGE: Faded By Design
    15.(-) EMMA BUNTON: Too Many Teardrops
    HOWARD JONES: What Is Love<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1983)
    STEVIE NICKS: Stand Back:1981-2017<==== ALBUM PICK

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    jio's picks of the week 13/5/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(-) EDITORS: Barricades
    2.(14) PETE DOHERTY AND THE PUTA MADRES: Who's Been Having You Over
    3.(-) JOSH RITTER: Old Black Magic
    4.(2) ANGELICA VILA: More In The Morning
    5.(-) MADONNA/SWAE LEE: Crave
    6.(9) MELISSA ETHERIDGE: Faded By Design
    7.(-) VAMPIRE WEEKEND: This Life
    8.(13) SLEEPER: The Sun Also Rises
    9.(-) STONE FOUNDATION: Ordinary Joe
    10.(-) FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES: Kitty Sucker
    11.(-) BLACK KEYS: Eagle Birds
    12.(-) POLO G/LIL TJAY: Pop Out
    13.(7) BECKY G/MALUMA: La Respuesta
    14.(-) NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: Black Star Dancing
    15.(-) HARDY CAPRIO/DIGDAT: Guten Tag
    TERRY CALLIER: Ordinary Joe<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1972)
    PRINCE: Ultimate Rave<==== ALBUM PICK

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  • jio
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    The song itself is something that Kylie can probably do in her sleep by now but it's still Kylie and it's good. I like the little touch of adding an electric guitar towards the end of the song, something very usual for dance songs in the '80s and early '90s but quite rare now.

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  • Tansike
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    Good debut for Kylie! "New York City" is definitely a nice pop song

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  • heppolo
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    Nice to see Kylie as the number one anyway.

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 6/5/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(-) KYLIE MINOGUE: New York City
    2.(8) ANGELICA VILA: More In The Morning
    3.(1) MADONNA/MALUMA: Medellin
    4.(7) A BAND OF SKULLS: Love Is All You Love
    5.(-) CRANBERRIES: All Over Now
    6.(2) NIPSEY HUSSLE/RODDY RICCH/HIT-BOY: Racks In The Middle
    7.(13) BECKY G/MALUMA: La Respuesta
    8.(-) INDIA.ARIE: Steady Love
    9.(10) MELISSA ETHERIDGE: Faded By Design
    10.(6) AVENTURA/ROMEO SANTOS: Immortal
    11.(15) DIGGA D: No Diet
    12.(-) ALAN PARSONS: As Lights Fall
    13.(-) SLEEPER: The Sun Also Rises
    14.(-) PETE DOHERTY AND THE PUTA MADRES: Who's Been Having You Over
    15.(-) STORMZY: Vossi Bop
    MARVIN GAYE: You're The Man<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1972)
    STEVIE NICKS: Stand Back:1981-2017<==== ALBUM PICK

    Last edited by jio; Sun May 5, 2019, 15:04.

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 29/4/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(1) MADONNA/MALUMA: Medellin
    2.(10) NIPSEY HUSSLE/RODDY RICCH/HIT-BOY: Racks In The Middle
    3.(6) MARINA: To Be Human
    4.(-) FLORENCE & THE MACHINE: Jenny Of Oldstones
    5.(14) CHEMICAL BROTHERS: Got To Keep On
    6.(12) AVENTURA/ROMEO SANTOS: Immortal
    7.(15) A BAND OF SKULLS: Love Is All You Love
    8.(-) ANGELICA VILA: More In The Morning
    9.(8) KIP MOORE: The Bull
    10.(-) MELISSA ETHERIDGE: Faded By Design
    11.(3) RUSS/TION WAYNE: Keisha & Becky
    12.(2) LISSIE: Dreams
    13.(-) BECKY G/MALUMA: La Respuesta
    14.(-) JADE BIRD: Love Has All Been Done Before
    15.(-) DIGGA D: No Diet
    BANANARAMA: Aie A Mwana<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1981)
    PRINCE: His Majesty's Pop Life/The Purple Mix Club<==== ALBUM PICK

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  • Tansike
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    Originally posted by jio View Post
    Lissie will definitely shine in this chart since I am going to her concert next month
    Ah that's fantastic! Have fun then

    Great debuts for Madonna and Marina this week. Though I have to admit I'm actually disappointed in "Medellin" as it still doesn't really want to click with me Marina's song is good, her whole album is actually quite strong.

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 22/4/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(-) MADONNA/MALUMA: Medellin
    2.(3) LISSIE: Dreams
    3.(2) RUSS/TION WAYNE: Keisha & Becky
    4.(1) STEEL BANGLEZ/AJ TRACEY/MOSTACK: Fashion Week
    5.(6) SEAN FINN & CORONA: Rhythm Of The Night
    6.(-) MARINA: To Be Human
    7.(8) LOGAN MIZE: Better Off Gone
    8.(7) KIP MOORE: The Bull
    9.(5) LUKE BRYAN: Knockin' Boots
    10.(-) NIPSEY HUSSLE/RODDY RICCH/HIT-BOY: Racks In The Middle
    11.(13) BLAKE SHELTON: God's Country
    12.(-) AVENTURA/ROMEO SANTOS: Immortal
    13.(14) IDLEWILD: Dream Variations
    14.(-) CHEMICAL BROTHERS: Got To Keep On
    15.(-) A BAND OF SKULLS: Love Is All You Love
    THE ASSOCIATES: Club Country<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1982)
    LISSIE: When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective<==== ALBUM PICK

    Last edited by jio; Sun April 21, 2019, 11:15.

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  • jio
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    Lissie will definitely shine in this chart since I am going to her concert next month

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  • Tansike
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    Nice debut for Lissie this week. She's way too underrated

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 15/4/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(2) STEEL BANGLEZ/AJ TRACEY/MOSTACK: Fashion Week
    2.(5) RUSS/TION WAYNE: Keisha & Becky
    3.(-) LISSIE: Dreams
    4.(1) JENNY LEWIS: Red Bull & Hennessy
    5.(13) LUKE BRYAN: Knockin' Boots
    6.(-) SEAN FINN & CORONA: Rhythm Of The Night
    7.(-) KIP MOORE: The Bull
    8.(11) LOGAN MIZE: Better Off Gone
    9.(4) TRAVIS DENNING: After A Few
    10.(3) SPANISH FLY: Voices In My Head
    11.(6) MARINA: Orange Trees
    12.(15) P!NK: Hustle
    13.(-) BLAKE SHELTON: God's Country
    14.(-) IDLEWILD: Dream Variations
    15.(-) MIKE & THE MECHANICS: Out Of The Blue
    CORONA: Rhythm Of The Night<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1994)
    LISSIE: When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective<==== ALBUM PICK

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 8/4/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(5) JENNY LEWIS: Red Bull & Hennessy
    2.(2) STEEL BANGLEZ/AJ TRACEY/MOSTACK: Fashion Week
    3.(11) SPANISH FLY: Voices In My Head
    4.(1) TRAVIS DENNING: After A Few
    5.(14) RUSS/TION WAYNE: Keisha & Becky
    6.(9) MARINA: Orange Trees
    7.(4) BLANC: Chameleon
    8.(3) BLACK KEYS: Lo/Hi
    9.(6) AVA MAX: So Am I
    10.(-) JIMMIE ALLEN: Best Shot
    11.(15) LOGAN MIZE: Better Off Gone
    12.(7) ROZALLA: Turn On The Light (DJ Marauder Club Radio Remix)
    13.(-) LUKE BRYAN: Knockin' Boots
    14.(8) THE CRANBERRIES: Wake Me When It's Over
    15.(-) P!NK: Hustle
    THE CONNELLS: '74-'75<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1995)
    AJ TRACEY: AJ Tracey<==== ALBUM PICK

    Last edited by jio; Sun April 7, 2019, 17:43.

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  • Tansike
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    6.(4) AVA MAX: So Am I
    10.(12) MARIAH CAREY: A No No
    12.(-) GEORGE EZRA: Pretty Shining People

    Really like these three songs from your latest chart.
    Haven't heard Marina's new track yet as I'm waiting for the whole album now, but I'm sure I'll love it once I hear it

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  • trebor
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    ^
    Because I'm catching up with posting. Currently starting November 2018 soon!

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  • jio
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    Why unpublished?

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  • trebor
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    Great #1! It's one of my current favourites! Surprised that such a sound tops your chart!
    Awesome to see Logan Mize at #15! (A former #1 in my [yet unpublished] chart)

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 1/4/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(7) TRAVIS DENNING: After A Few
    2.(-) STEEL BANGLEZ/AJ TRACEY/MOSTACK: Fashion Week
    3.(2) BLACK KEYS: Lo/Hi
    4.(3) BLANC: Chameleon
    5.(-) JENNY LEWIS: Red Bull & Hennessy
    6.(4) AVA MAX: So Am I
    7.(1) ROZALLA: Turn On The Light (DJ Marauder Club Radio Remix)
    8.(-) THE CRANBERRIES: Wake Me Up When It's Over
    9.(-) MARINA: Orange Trees
    10.(12) MARIAH CAREY: A No No
    11.(-) SPANISH FLY: Voices In My Head
    12.(-) GEORGE EZRA: Pretty Shining People
    13.(5) SUNDARA KARMA: One Last Night On This Earth
    14.(-) RUSS/TION WAYNE: Keisha & Becky
    15.(-) LOGAN MIZE: Better Off Gone
    CARIBOU: Melody Day<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (2007)
    AJ TRACEY: AJ Tracey<==== ALBUM PICK

    Last edited by jio; Mon April 1, 2019, 07:18.

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 24/3/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(-) ROZALLA: Turn On The Light (DJ Marauder Club Radio Remix)
    2.(11) BLACK KEYS: Lo/Hi
    3.(7) BLANC: Chameleon
    4.(14) AVA MAX: So Am I
    5.(1) SUNDARA KARMA: One Last Night On This Earth
    6.(-) SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR: Murder On The Dancefloor (Orchestral)
    7.(-) TRAVIS DENNING: After A Few
    8.(2) JULIA JACKLIN: Head Alone
    9.(5) JASON ALDEAN: Rearview Town
    10.(-) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: Boys In The Band (Boy Band Anthem)
    11.(8) CLEAN BANDIT/ELLIE GOULDING: Mama
    12.(-) MARIAH CAREY: A No No
    13.(3) JAMES MORRISON/JOSS STONE: My Love Goes On
    14.(-) SHOWTEK/LEON SHERMAN: Listen To Your Momma
    15.(-) 112/SLIM & MIKE: Tonight
    BEN E. KING: Supernatural Thing<==== BLAST FROM THE PAST (1975)
    LISSIE: Castles<==== ALBUM PICK

    Last edited by jio; Sun March 24, 2019, 04:07.

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  • heppolo
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    nice to see Julia Jacklin at #2

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 17/3/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(1) SUNDARA KARMA: One Last Night On This Earth
    2.(2) JULIA JACKLIN: Head Alone
    3.(-) JAMES MORRISON/JOSS STONE: My Love Goes On
    4.(-) WILEY/SEAN PAUL/STEFFLON DON/IDRIS ELBA: Boasty
    5.(9) JASON ALDEAN: Rearview Town
    6.(7) CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM: Blood And Rockets
    7.(-) BLANC: Chameleon
    8.(6) CLEAN BANDIT/ELLIE GOULDING: Mama
    9.(-) 2CHAINZ/ARIANA GRANDE: Rule The World
    10.(3) WEEZER: Can't Knock The Hustle
    11.(-) BLACK KEYS: Lo/Hi
    12.(4) DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS/AARON FRAZER: Don't You Know
    13.(-) DIDO: Give You Up
    14.(-) AVA MAX: So Am I
    15.(-) YOUNG GARBO: Faustus
    TAYLOR DAYNE: Tell It To My Heart<==== CLASSIC ALBUM PICK (1988)

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 10/3/2019



    SINGLES
    1.(-) SUNDARA KARMA: One Last Night On This Earth
    2.(5) JULIA JACKLIN: Head Alone
    3.(-) WEEZER: Can't Knock The Hustle
    4.(1) DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS/AARON FRAZER: Don't You Know
    5.(-) DARROW FLETCHER: (Love Is) My Secret Weapon<==== CLASSIC PICK ('70s)
    6.(8) CLEAN BANDIT/ELLIE GOULDING: Mama
    7.(-) CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM: Blood And Rockets
    8.(3) CHAKA KHAN: Hello Hapiness
    9.(-) JASON ALDEAN: Rearview Town
    10.(4) CARDI B/BRUNO MARS: Please Me
    11.(6) ARIANA GRANDE: Bloodline
    12.(-) EMMA BUNTON: Please Don't Stop
    13.(2) INDIA.ARIE: That Magic
    14.(-) THOMAS RHETT: Look What God Gave Her
    15.(-) LIL' PUMP/LIL' WAYNE: Be Like Me
    THE PRODIGY: Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005<==== ALBUM PICK



    EXTRA: jio's BEST OF PRODIGY
    1. Out Of Space (1992)
    2. No Good (Start The Dance) (1994)
    3. Wind It Up (Rewound) (1993)
    4. Everybody In The Place (1991)
    5. Poison (1995)
    6. Charly (1991)
    7. Smack My B@tch Up (1997)
    8. Jericho (1992)
    9. Voodoo People (1994)
    10.Girls (2004)
    in Keith Flint's memory

    Last edited by jio; Sun March 17, 2019, 09:02.

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 3/3/2019



    SINGLES:
    1.(9) DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS/AARON FRAZER: Don't You Know
    2.(-) INDIA.ARIE: That Magic
    3.(1) CHAKA KHAN: Hello Hapiness
    4.(4) CARDI B./BRUNO MARS: Please Me
    5.(-) JULIA JACKLIN: Head Alone
    6.(-) ARIANA GRANDE: Bloodline
    7.(-) 1975: Sex
    8.(-) CLEAN BANDIT/ELLIE GOULDING: Mama
    9.(-) LADYTRON: The Island
    10.(-) STEVE ANGELO/LAIDBACK LUKE/ROBIN S.: Show Me Love
    AJ TRACEY: AJ Tracey<==== ALBUM PICK

    Last edited by jio; Sun March 3, 2019, 12:39.

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  • jio
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    jio's picks of the week 24/2/2019



    SINGLES:
    1.CHAKA KHAN: Hello Happiness
    2.JACK JACOBS: I Believe It's Alright <==== CLASSIC PICK (1976)
    3.JOHNNY GILL: Soul Of A Woman
    4.BRUNO MARS/CARDI B: Please Me
    5.PALE FOUNTAINS:Something On My Mind <==== CLASSIC PICK (1984)
    6.ARIANA GRANDE: Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored
    7.ZEDD/KATY PERRY: 365
    8.LADYTRON: The Animals
    9.DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS/AARON FRAZER: Don't You Know
    10.MONICA: Commitment
    THE TWILIGHT SAD: It Won/t Be Like This All The Time<==== ALBUM PICK

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  • jio
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    REMEMBERING PRINCE: 1993






    1993 was one of the most exciting years musically for Prince (which is the reason this post is so long), although that wouldn't be so obvious judging by official releases. The reason for that was that, as his feud with Warners' entered in full swing, Prince began looking for alternative ways to release his music, independent of his label.

    Quite unexpectedly the first of these ways would be a stage production. "Glam Slam Ulysses" was a dance play presented at Paisley Park in early 1993 featuring twelve previously unheard Prince songs. The production was loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey" and Carmen Electra starred in it as a dancer. The show featured videos of several characters from Homer's work, presented one per song with dancers dancing in front of them. Spectacular it wasn't but, featuring fashion reminiscent of the 70s, a production which wasn't rich but ambitious, interesting it certainly was. I don't know if any non-Prince fans would enjoy watching this but I love it. The show takes off in a very rock manner. Opener "Strays Of The World" sounds like a big operatic opener to a show, a song aimed at increasing anticipation and not so much as a stand-alone track. "Dolphin" mixes musical-type of song-writing with rock instrumentation in an outstanding way. The song is just so catchy with lyrics that are both spiritual and enigmatic in a very Prince way. In "Interactive" the metal guitars get even louder in a song more suitable for commercial use if the year was 1988 and not 1993. Still great though. "Pheromone" is a jazzy type of dance song with heavy drums and it just sounds so so great. This is the type of song which just grows on you for a while before you can realize its magnificence in full. "Dark" finds Prince re-visiting reggae, only this time not with an average tune like "Blue Light" but with a gorgeous killer of a tune. The song is mellow but at the same time with such a deep groove that is simply irresistible and arguably one of Prince's best songs ever. "Loose" constitutes yet another change of style, this time Prince takes inspiration from the techno scene which was god in Europe at the time and creates a deeply infectious guitar-heavy dance song. This is quite unlike anything Prince had released up to that time and a very very pleasant surprise for any fan (and not only). "Space" is a more atmospheric song. Despite having a rap bridge, the song is essentially a mellow R&B song with a very deep groove. I totally love it."What's My Name" keeps the atmospheric music in its beginning but soon morphs into a bizarre rock song made up by electric guitar, auditory effects and Prince alternating between just talking and screaming the lyrics. "Endorphinemachine" keeps the rock going, courtesy of very loud electric guitars but this time the lyrics are delivered as a rap and the result is a song reminiscent of Run D.M.C. somewhat. "Race" is the first proper R&B song in the show, a song with heavy bass, lyrics which are delivered in a talking style which is not exactly rap and a chorus with a great female vocal sampling Steele-Battle's "Face The Music". This is funky as hell. "Come" begins with electric guitars but develops into a playful jam with a very naughty theme about various ways to... come. Its production sounds very Prince and very 80s but the song would undergo several re-incarnations before its final version arrived the following year. This version is far better than the final one as it is less pop and more R&B and sounds much more as the product of a live jam session rather than a polished studio version. There is also much more rap in here than in the final version. The show ends with a proper dance/rap song called "The Pope". This is the kind of music one would expect more by bands such as Technotronic or C&C Music Factory, the fact that this dance anthem is delivered by Prince makes it all the more refreshing. The chorus is sang by a certain lady called Mayte. Had this collection of songs been released as an album, it would have definitely be up there with Prince's best. However the songs were presented in the show and then all but one of them remained unreleased commercially for the rest of 1993.

    What was released in 1993 however was "GoldNigga", an album of new songs by the New Power Generation, composed (and originally sang as can be still heard on the background of several of the released versions) by Prince. The album was available for buying not in stores but just in a handful of "Act II" tour concerts making it one of the hardest-to-find Prince albums and highlights Prince's intention of not submitting his new work to Warners' for sale but to promote it individually though alternative ways. Musically this is Prince exploring the rap genre even more. The album has its highs and lows. "Goldnigga pt. 1" is a pretty decent rap song with a funky minimalistic groove which makes it a well-worthy opener to an album. "Goldnigga pt. 2" and "Goldnigga pt. 3" are jazz instrumentals which sound lovely too. "Guess Who's Knockin'" resembles a lot the work of Public Enemy, it just has that kind of heavy bass. It features an uncredited sample of the Wings' "Let 'Em In" and that may be what led to its removal from later pressings of the album. "Deuce & A Quarter" revisits the idea of mixing jazz with rap like in "Sexy MF" but in a much more mellow way creating yet another great tune. "2Gether" was the only single from the album and is easy to see why since it is without a doubt the best song in here. A mellow rap ballad with sang chorus reminiscent a bit of Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's musical efforts at mixing rap with pop. Had this been released and promoted properly by a major label, it would have definitely been a hit, it's just great. There is also "Johnny" (originally previewed in the "Act 1" tour) which despite its ridiculous "oh-oh" chorus, it is saved by the nice rap delivery during the verses and the fab instrumentation. Despite those great tunes the album suffers from the inclusion of several weak rap songs such as "Black MF In The House", "Goldie's Parade" and the "Money Don't Matter 2Night"-b-side "Call The Law" , songs that essentially show that Prince was far from being a Dr.Dre but he remained much more of an amateur admirer of the rap genre.

    So with two albums worth of songs released independently of Warner Bros, what did the label get from Prince during 1993? Well, the label had already been pushing Prince for a compilation album for more than 2 years and since Prince had decided he was not about to give any new material to the label as of 1992, the time was right for the compilation to be released. Prince's greatest hits set was released as three separate albums released and charting simultaneously: "The Hits 1" (R%B #14,UK #5) including a collection of his more pop-oriented songs featuring his own version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" as a duet with Rosie Gaines and "Pink Cashmere" (R&B #14) as previously-unreleased songs. The latter was a charming R&B acoustic ballad, originally composed way back in 1988. "The Hits 2" (R&B #23, UK #5) featured more funk-oriented material with the "Glam Slam Ulysses" track "The Pope" and "Peach" (UK #14), which had already debuted in the "Act 1" tour, as previously-unreleased tracks. The latter is a rock song which sounds pretty average on first listen but then grows on you on repeated plays never becoming a masterpiece but becoming pretty fun. Then there was the "Hits 1,2 & The B-sides" (R&B #6, BB 200 #4, UK #4) triple album featuring the two discs mentioned before plus a collection of b-sides with a 1986 track, "Power Fantastic" as the previously-unreleased song. The song was originally composed with Wendy & Lisa for the abandoned "Dream Factory" album. The version included here removes all instrumentation resulting in a song which sounds more proper as a closer to an album, rather than an individual song. Prince hits which missed the compilation found a home as b-sides to the compilation's various singles. Prince did promote this compilation by releasing the home music video "The Hits Collection" (home music video charts #10) featuring all his videos not tied to a concert or movie or home video release plus the new "Peach" video. He also continued his world tour reaching Europe and renaming it as the "Act II tour". He changed the setlist, removing all of the "LoveSymbol" tracks besides the three hits and replacing them with tracks from his compilation and other hits from his whole career, thus essentially creating a Greatest Hits tour.

    But what about the projects promised through the "Ryde Dyvine" special of last year? Well, three of them did come out in 1993. One was Mavis Staples' album "The Voice" (featuring the already-presented "You Will Be Moved"). The album features several Prince compositions and that is obvious straight from opening song "The Voice". A funk song of the type Prince probably writes in his sleep which Mavis delivers in a gospel way making it a well-worthy listening experience. This was originally intended for Rosie Gaines' debut album but since that got postponed Mavis got it. "House In Order" is another funk song but this time with disco influences. It sounds pretty 70s/80s and it's great. "Blood Is Thicker Than Time" is a more typical gospel song that just sounds good delivered by Mavis. "A Man Called Jesus" takes inspiration from African modern gospel delivering a bizarre rap/dance track about Jesus. It is fun but it's not great. "The Undertaker" is probably the most famous song in the album, mainly due to Prince re-claiming it in the same way he reclaimed "Nothing Compares 2 U" from Sinead. This is a blues track which had originally been recorded by Prince for his abandoned "Undertaker" album. When that album was cancelled, the song went to Mavis. The album's Prince contributions conclude with "Melody Cool" and a cover of Prince's "Positivity" from the "Lovesexy" album.

    The other "Ryde Dyvine"-advertised project released in 1993 was Carmen Electra's debut "Carmen Electra". "Everybody Get On Up" was a pretty fab rap/dance track and that's the direction Carmen goes in this album aiming at a career of an MC, Betty Boo or Monie Love-style. The album eventually flopped and acquired such a bad reputation that Carmen never attempted another album. However, I have to say that reputation is pretty unfair. This is far from the worst album Prince was ever involved in, that honor definitely goes to the Ingrid Chavez album. In fact it's not even a bad album. Carmen can actually rap and the album is fun with several good tracks including "Go Go Dancer", "Go On" (which has jazz foundations "Sexy MF"-style), "Step To The Mic" co-produced by Monie Love (a much harder rap track reminiscent of Salt-N-Pepa), the sexy "Just A Little Lovin'" and closer "This Is My House" which introduces some funk resulting in the most Prince-sounding song in here. New Power Generation's Tony M. duets Carmen in "S.T." a rather enjoyable filler which sounds more like a skit than a song. The album does include some duds such as the ill-advised second single "Fantasia Erotica". Based on a 1989 song Prince had originally composed for himself, it sounds like it has undergone a rather uninteresting and very basic dance remix treatment while Carmen can't really sing, both of these reasons render it just bad. "Fun" sounds like a forgettable little something that was randomly pulled up from the 80s' rejects part of Prince's vault but even that is not as bad as "All That", essentially a rap reworking of "Adore". Despite those songs the album remains very enjoyable (and far better than Prince's other rap effort in 1993, "GoldNigga") and it would definitely not sound out of place in any 1993 club.

    We already mentioned Monie Love. The British MC was quite a big name in the late 80s/early 90s having five UK hits, the biggest of which, "It's A Shame" even crossed over becoming a hit in the States as well. For her second album, she collaborated with Prince on two tracks. One was the out-of-this-world great single that was "Born 2 B.R.E.E.D." (dance #1, UK #18), a catchy-as-hell track mixing dance rap with gospel. The other one was the rather average rap ballad "In A Word Or 2" (UK #33) which became the final UK hit for Monie until 2000. Tevin Campbell's career started back in 1990 with the Prince-composed "Round And Round". In 1993 Tevin returned to Prince for further collaborations for his second album "I'm Ready", most famous of which is the original version of "Shhh" (R&B #8), a song Prince would later cover himself creating an even better version. As it is, the original version is a more straightforward R&B ballad of its time but it's still great. "Halls Of Desire" is a very Prince-sounding track which sounds like something Prince would write in the '80s for Sheila E., albeit with a new-jack swing production. It's pretty cool too. "Uncle Sam" is more pop than R&B and another track which screams Prince from a mile whereas "Paris 1798430" is a jazzed-up new jack song sounding exactly like something The Time would do if they were still active in 1993. A couple of R&B songs were given over to Louie Louie, an artist who, despite releasing four studio albums, remains more famous for playing the role of Madonna's love interest in her "Borderline" video. "Get Blue" is a hell of an R&B track with a killer hook and lyrics whereas "Dance Un2 The Rhythm" was OK too. Saxophonist Candy Dulfer had worked with Prince before and would do so again as an instrumentalist. In 1993 Prince provided the Madness-sounding jazzy instrumental "Sunday Afternoon" for her own album. Jevetta Steeles' 1991 French-only album which included two Prince compositions saw a worldwide release in 1993. Interestingly the two Prince compositions disappeared from this release and were replaced by two... other Prince compositions, "Open Book" (originally co-composed but then rejected by Martika) and "Hold Me", both rather under-average middle-of-the-road ballads. Prince also composed the song "Well Done" for Jevetta Steeles' family group The Steeles. Prince also worked with three superstars in 1993 who need no introduction at all. Earth Wind And Fire got "Super Hero", a funk song which would go on to be released as a cover single version by The New Power Generation and The Steeles the following year. "The Ryde Dyvine" had also previewed new material by George Clinton. When that album was released in 1993, besides "Get Satisfied" it included a further track where Prince played instruments, the rather fantastic rap jam , "The Big Pump". Finally Prince joined Eric Clapton in providing backing vocals in the Kate Bush album track "Why Should I Love You".



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