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.

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Track Listing

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No. Track Preview
01. I'd Better Listen

B

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

Additional information

input date 14th October 2019
artist

Carlton Jumel Smith

format

Vinyl

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