By Dwayne | August 11th, 2011
As you’ve probably gathered from my lack of posts, I’ve been away, and as such haven’t really had a chance to pay a proper tribute to Amy Winehouse.
While I’m not a massive fan of Winehouse’s work, I acknowledge that it is good music — even though it’s made to especially prosper in the mainstream, where at times, it’s head and shoulders above its competitors.
What really stands Winehouse out from the crowd of soul-influenced artists of today — Duffy, Adele, etc. — is the sheer power of her voice, something used to great effect in this mid-noughties garage remix from MJ Cole.
Instead of combining it with the traditional jazzy style backing, this track reveals a different side of Winehouse through an upbeat keyboard section and sprightly drums.
It’s a shame that it’s taken the death of the artist to bring this sweet number to me; rest in peace.