Carlton Jumel Smith and Cold Diamond & Mink – I’d Better -7″ Vinyl (Black)


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The only cover tune on Carlton Jumel Smith’s “1634 Lexington Ave.” album is not really a cover at all, since it was first cut by Carlton himself already 10 years ago. The sultry 2009 edition of “I’d Better”, that was put out on the short-lived UK Soulchoonz label, is a nice piece of programmed mid-tempo modern soul. The new version, now getting a 7″ single treatment on Timmion, still sounds miles away from the polished earlier effort.

It starts off with a nice guitar led beat before settling into a sweet Tighten Up groove, a funky road which still has plenty curves to explore, even for Cold Diamond & Mink, who are certainly not lifting water from this particular well for the first time. What remains naturally is Carlton’s ultra-soulful vocal performance, and a message of manning up to the max, staying true to your word in front of something divine.

It’s not that often you hear a more recent version of a song sounding so that you would think it’s the old version. Essentially, what you get is a beautiful piece of xover soul, with timeless swagger, and an instrumental with soulful legs of its own.


Track Listing


No. Track Preview
01. I'd Better Listen


No. Track Preview
01. I'd Better (Instrumental) Listen

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input date 14th October 2019

Carlton Jumel Smith




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