If you hadn’t heard the thrown together remixes of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” featuring Mary or her inclusion on a remix of Disclosure’s “F for You”, then you really didn’t miss anything.
HOWEVER, who would have thought that those collabs were paving the way for an album chock full of British collaborations featuring the one and only Queen Hip-Hop/R&B Soul, Mary J. Blige?
Well, it’s true, and “Right Now” is the first leak from the upcoming album entitled The London Sessions. While the remixes mentioned above left me wanting, “Right Now” gives me a bit of hope. Mary’s never been the vocal queen, but it doesn’t take much to really do some good work on a soulful house/electronic track. Mary’s voice constrained to those parameters might actually be pretty damn good.
“Right Now” has a slinky funk to it that I can appreciate, and Mary’s vocal — while nothing exciting or amazing — gets the point across. I’m more so excited to hear Disclosure (who produced the track) try their hand at even MORE R&B sounding vibes than they normally do. I’m definitely willing to give this a chance, more so than I was her Think Like A Man Too soundtrack offerings.
And Sam Smith is a great songwriter and vocalist in his own right, and apparently he’s offering up his pen as perceived penance for his “mis-categorization” into the Soul genre, according to some angry Americans. He co-wrote this song with Disclosure.
The London Sessions is due out soon.