Wednesday, August 1, 2012

If I Was Your Girl, etc

If was the second single from Janet Jackson's phenomenally successful janet. album (the one where she wears a bra made out of hands on the cover). In fact, if Virgin had got their way, it would have been the album's lead single - but Jackson sensibly held out for the sultry That's The Way Love Goes, which repositioned her from "moral crusader backed by an army of dancers" to "confident, sexually mature woman".

Still, If is a great track - full of thundering drums, squalling guitar and a bonkers sample from The Supremes' Someday We'll Be Together. The video also contains some of Jackson's best choreography (especially the sand dance that occurs around 2'59").

The track's just been remixed by mysterious US producer Moon Boots (his official biography claims he "came to life during a classified experiment aboard the International Space Station"). Adding some twilight keyboard effects and a raspy 80s bassline, he spins the song into a luscious summer jam. Great stuff.

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