Treating us to such high-class music delicacies as Smooth Operator and Sweetest Taboo, renown legend and let’s admit, one of nature’s best advocates for age-defying physical beauty, is back with a heavy weight collaboration in the shape of “The Moon and the Sky (Remix)” featuring rap king Jay-Z. After allegedly turning down a previous collaboration request from the rapper, we can only wonder what propelled the soul diva to have a change of heart.
We are invited to a slightly dark, yet melodically deep love song, a step to the left of the original guitar oriented ballad ‘The Moon and the Sky’ from the 2010 album: Soldier of Love. This time around, Sade’s seemingly masculine voice illuminates the beat as we brace ourselves for a bass-driven track, stabilized by a steady pace and perfect for easy listening. Jay-Z effectively contributes to a topic that denotes a love that Sade explains ‘left me there dying’ and definitely serves to reel in rap/Hip Hop fans. Furthermore, he indeed vocally rides the beat with the experience that we expect a fellow legend in the game to have, but sadly provides nothing more.
Canadian Hip Hop producer Noah ’40’ Shebib (Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Drake) lends his hand to orchestrate this ‘re-jig’ of the original and works incredibly well with Sade and Jay Z to deliver this modern, Hip Hop take on the beat, almost reminiscent of hit Soldier of Love, although not as hard-hitting with it’s beat.
‘The Moon and the Sky (Remix) is featured on Sade’s upcoming 28 track 2-CD compilation album titled ‘The Ultimate Collection’ out May 3rd, 2011. In the meantime, Jay-Z has debuted the track on his recently launched blog named ‘Life + Times.’
Listen in. Your thoughts?
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–Maria Okanrende is primarily a music contributor for Ladybrille.
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