Craig David – Fill Me In (posu yan remix)

We certainly couldn’t have an Urbanizm Music showcase without posu “po!” yan, could we? Of course not. After many years and a couple revisions, I love how posu flipped this Craig David hit; it’s totally different from the original but still stays true to the 2-step vibe the original had. I wonder if Craig David or producer Mark Hill have ever heard this…

On another note, since we’re showcasing Urbanizm artists, I’d be remiss if I didn’t send happy birthday wishes to UM member Skrybe!

DOWNLOAD: CRAIG DAVID – FILL ME IN (POSU YAN REMIX) (right-click, ‘save as…’)

Maxwell – The Lady in My Life (cover)

If you’re a singer, doing a cover of a popular song can be a tricky thing for 2 main reasons: 1) people are often so used to the original version, that trying to put your own spin on it won’t go over well, and 2) oftentimes the artist doing the cover will stay so true to the original that it will sound like karaoke at best and a bad American Idol audition at worst. Taking this into consideration, doing a cover of a Michael Jackson song can be disastrous because one of the most celebrated figures in the history of music did that song before you. The video above, which shows Maxwell covering MJ’s The Lady in My Life at a Grammy nomination special earlier this year, is an example of a cover done right. He stays relatively true to the original, but still puts his “brand” on it, even down to him stating he wants to “give you a back rub” and “paint your toenails” – no comment. I still wish Maxwell would release a studio version of this, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

If you’ve been living under a rock since 1982 and never heard Michael Jackson’s original, cop it below and compare the two. And while you’re at it, check out the LiML-sampling Hey Lover from LL Cool J, who introduced Maxwell in the above video.

PURCHASE: MICHAEL JACKSON – THE LADY IN MY LIFE

Aaliyah – I Care 4 U

If you’re an R&B music fan – and if you’re reading this, chance are that you are – you know (or at least should know) that Aaliyah passed away 9 years ago today. Aaliyah is still one of my favorite singers; her voice was incredible and, let’s face it, she was smokin’ hot. I had this conversation with a friend a few months back: Aaliyah died when she was 22, which probably puts her “peak” at about 17 or 18 (though truthfully I doubt she’d reached her true peak, but follow along with me). This means that at 17, she could vocally annihilate most of these R&B chicks who are well into their 20s and 30s.

Anyway, here’s my favorite Aaliyah song, I Care 4 U, from her self-titled final album. This song is smooth as hell and rather unappreciated…and if you know me at all, you already know my unhealthy addiction for Rhodes piano. Listen to it, vibe out, buy it, and you too will wish you could trade in some of these current R&B acts for more Aaliyah.

PURCHASE: AALIYAH – I CARE 4 U

Erica Thompson – Who

Erica Thompson - Who

I almost forgot about this little gem. Erica sent me this shortly after it was released and I’ve been addicted to it ever since. It’s got such a smooth neo soul-esque vibe to it, and the instrumental sounds so cohesive for something that was worked on by six different people. If I’m not mistaken, this is the only solo song I’ve heard from Erica; we might need to change that… *adds Erica to wish-list*

DOWNLOAD: ERICA THOMPSON – WHO

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