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Anna Naklab – Wicked Games (Parra for Cuva Edit)

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We were in a decent restaurant somewhere outside of Barcelona. It was the first time we had seen each other in 4 months. Aside from that we had only seen each other for one weekend. We met in a bar. I, an American dressed up on Halloween in London, in a bar of less interested suits and ties watching a football game. He approached me and we talked about plans and dreams after 20 minutes. The night ended without exchanging numbers or last names. But by the end of the next day, he found me again and we were set up to meet over the weekend. Two days later, I was on plane back to the States indefinitely.

1,521 messages later, we bought tickets to meet in Barcelona. Back in the restaurant, we drank and asked each other all of the little questions you do on a third date. Then we got to the big one “What is your favourite love song?” This is an important question. It reveals how the person feels about love. The one song that says ‘this means love’ in their minds and could be tied to another lover or their broken heart.

He seemed to be taken back when my answer was (and always will be) Wicked Games by Chris Isaak. “That is a sad song.”

That is difference between him and I. A love song doesn’t mean happy. It doesn’t mean poppy. It should capture love and that is exactly what this song does. If you ever find yourself on a third date and asking this question, you will find the answer of your potential suitor to vary. Love is hard. And tragic. And beautiful. And when you find yourself reminiscing about a former flame or in the beginning of a new, I hope loves feels like this song.

I suppose in the context of this relationship, this song was most fitting.

This was a production from Parra for Cuva which uses a version sung by Anna Naklab. The end result is a mix of airy vocals and a tune to fall in and out of love to.

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you”

Anna Naklab (Parra for Cuva Edit) – Wicked Games (Original Mix)

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Parra For Cuva feat. Anna Naklab – Wicked Games (Original Mix)

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The original “Wicked Games” by Chris Isaak has to be one of my favorite songs, the lyrics, and the luring strums of the guitar, it’s so effortlessly beautiful and timeless. So when I heard this original mix from Parra For Cuva & Anna Naklab I fell in love all over again.  I can shamelessly say that I am in love and it doesn’t matter with what or with who, so you can just keep on guessing, but the original is what plays in my head on a weekly basis, and now depending on my mood I now have two versions of this track to play over and over and over.  Could things have become more perfect or fallen into place more beautifully, I don’t think so, I am in bliss, and I need a moment…

Ok I am back, wow I felt out of body there for a second, like this track was literally undressing me ever so gently, kissing me all over ever so slowly, and making love to me endlessly.  I love the comparison between the two versions of this track.  The original with Chris Isaak  from 1989, is the male vocal that every women dreams of and every man wants to be in order to seduce their women because that is what his voice is..Seduction!  And then we have Anna Naklab who gives every man satisfaction to their seduction fantasies with her sweet vocals that flow perfectly like water down a stream with the drums supporting her every curve.  I think Chris and Anna need to do a track together, it would literally be a never ending orgasmic love making session of vocals, oh give me more!

Once I love something it’s hard to let it go, I guess because it takes a lot for me to love and let my guard down.  For me love equals loyalty and loyalty equals love, it’s literally a separate organ in my body that a lot of people don’t have and don’t understand.  ‘This world is only gonna break your heart’, that line couldn’t be more true, the games, the pain, the denial, in my opinion it’s all worth it, it makes life exciting especially if you understand what love is all about and all it’s many faces.

What a wicked game to play, to make me feel this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you.
What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to make me dream of you and,

I want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
No, I want to fall in love (This world is only gonna break your heart)
With you.”

Timeless lyrics, timeless vocals and a remix that’s just perfect for this breathtaking July 4th weekend, I say press play and keep dreaming of what you love no matter how ‘wicked’ it may be, enjoy!

Parra For Cuva feat. Anna Naklab – Wicked Games (Original Mix)

BONUS:

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

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The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Mendez Rework)

Wicked Games is probably one of my favorite songs of all-time, let alone, by The Weeknd. A quality piece of music transports me to another place entirely — emotionally, mentally, and physically. Wicked Games brings you to a place of understanding, not necessarily because the lyrics are relative to our lives, but because the idea of the song is such a basic human problem and emotion. After seeing The Weeknd  two weekends ago in the Bronx, I admit that I was in awe of his performance but walked away feeling a little bit sad. Seeing him in front of the hundreds of fans, dancing and singing like a truly charmer, was beautiful. But his words and lyrics come from a real place, it seems, and there’s something about that which makes it hard to say, “I love the Weeknd because his music is sexy.” It is definitely sexy, but it’s also one man pouring his emotions onto a stage for all to judge and hear. And that’s easy to forget when we’re distracted by how the music + lyrical combo makes us feel.

I got my heart right here
I got my scars right here.”

I was taken by how simply the elements of this remix played into the original beauty allowing it to maintain with a little bit of moombah flare. It’s not overpowering by any means, as some moombahton tends to be. It’s more like upgrading from a two-step to a cha-cha-slide.

Mendez has done a couple of other remixes on his soundcloud, which I found to be rather impressive. It’s like someone told him to make slow tracks that people love into sexy dance-floor moombah lovers melts, and that is precisely what he’s done. He has a really mellow way of taking on a track. If you guys can’t tell, I am generally really wary of moombahton because of how similar it can sound. Trust me when I say this has some style to it, definitely worth playing at the next party.

The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Mendez Rework)

*BONUS*

The Weeknd – Rolling Stone (Mendez Moombahsoul Rework)