Customarily, we publish something a little heavier on a Monday morning. But this weekend, I stumbled on to an Anita Baker Spotify radio station that slayed me and gave me life again. It made me yearn for the 80s/90s era of R&B music, “quiet storm” radio, Crown Royal on ice, Southside Chicago lounges, smooth jazz–grown folks doing grown folks things. It was a time and genre that, but for Luther Vandross (RIP), black women owned. And it was the last gasp of seduction, before hip hop’s form of aggressive masculinity completely changed the game of love.
Anita Baker, “Body and Soul”
Stephanie Mills, “I Feel Good All Over”/”Feel the Fire”
Sade, “Smooth Operator”
Patti LaBelle, “Love, Need and Want You”
Toni Braxton, “Love Shoulda Brought You Home”
Whitney Houston, “Exhale”