Kendrick Lamar’s Surprise Release ‘The Blacker The Berry,’ Jessie J, And More

Jessie J and Tom Jones, “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling”

In a remake of The Righteous Brothers’ classic, Jessie J and Tom Jones collaborate to create a fresh, theatrical take on the love song that is both modern and soulful. With powerful vocals and emotional dynamism, the unlikely pair brings this ballad back to life in 2015.

Kendrick Lamar, “The Blacker The Berry”

In this surprise release, Kendrick Lamar delivers an intense, angry, and impassioned performance about race and society. Bolstered by tense melodies that soften up at the song’s end, this track proves to be both musically and intellectually intriguing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AhXSoKa8xw

Giorgio Moroder Feat. Kylie Minogue, “Right Here, Right Now”

3.5 Stars

A definite pop song with flavors of funk and R&B, this track features Kylie Minogue channeling the likes of Madonna and other matriarchs of pop. The retro nature of the tune lends itself to some cheesiness, but nonetheless it is enjoyable and well-produced.