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Fern Kinney – Baby, Let Me Kiss You

I accidentally stumbled upon Fern Kinney’s music a couple of weeks ago while listening to a playlist curated by Norwegian producer, Lindstrøm. If you like R&B fused disco funk, you should absolutely check out his playlist on Spotify. I was intrigued by Fern Kinney’s unique blend of vocals and funky electro, and after reading about her history as a musician, I was surprised to find that her most famous works gave her the title of a “one-hit wonder.” I was surprised only because the song that I had latched onto, the one you can listen to below, is not the song she gained most of her fame for. In other words, it wasn’t her one-hit. She gained fame for her rendition of King Floyd’s, “Groove Me” (which is also freaky funky) in particular.

For some reason I am eerily fascinated by artists who are given the “one-hit wonder” title. I think it’s because I feel like they were cheated into a title that they didn’t choose. It’s not like they wanted it for themselves — if anything, they probably have the same slightly sad association in their heads that I have when I hear the phrase, like the rest of their work will be automatically dismissed by listeners.

Well, not today. Perhaps that is why I sought out knowledge on what Fern Kinney’s background was like. I wanted so badly not to believe the stereotype. And you know what? I was right. She’s a phenomenal musician with an exquisite ability to make me, the listener, want to move. I can’t speak for all of you, but I’d definitely be surprised to meet someone who didn’t feel emotionally (and physically) moved by her tasteful tunes.

Fern Kinney – Baby, Let Me Kiss You

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Rudimental – Baby (feat. MNEK & Sinead Harnett)

Why am I always entranced by a female’s vocals over a mellow, edgy beat? I am so impressed by the quality of this song and how lovely the voices blend. I love how every time I give it a listen, the song feels new and alive with a unfamiliarity. It might have to do with the male and female vocal combination, which makes it not as accessible if you’re trying to sing along. You have to  find a vocal register that works for you, so that you’re not totally making a boob of yourself in lower and higher tones. For that reason, this is high quality sonic experience that is best enjoyed while solo grooving.

I’ve always been impressed by the music that Rudimental puts out, so it came as no surprise to me that this track was so lovely to my ears. The introduction of the song is subtle and focused, tightly wrapped with a singular beat combatted by very neat introductions to new sounds. And unlike the rest of Rudimental’s music, everything about this song is funky, the electronic elements balancing out the soulful sounds beautifully but not overshadowing at all.

I listened to this song as the sky opened up after a brief thunderstorm today, and I felt like the whole world made sense. There’s very little for me to say besides what’s already been said, so go ahead and enjoy this one. Whether you’re at work, at home with the cat, with your lover, or in the company of friends, Baby will find its way into your heads and hearts, and won’t let go.

Rudimental – Baby (feat. MNEK & Sinead Harnett)