Throwback: Erykah Badu – Fall In Love (Your Funeral)

My use of the word ‘smooth’ is perhaps too commonplace in most of my reviews, but it when it comes to best describing hip-hop goddess Erykah Badu’s style it is definitely appropriate. Usually Badu’s voice is enough to carry any production but the sample of Eddie Kendrick’s ‘Intimate Friends’ beat  especially complements her delivery. Simple in essence, ‘Fall in Love with me’ maintains a solid platform built upon sparse snare stabs and crisp plucking high end synth rhythms masked by simple yet extremely infectious chord repetitions. Building on this background Badu’s vocals contrast nicely against it moving in and out of full on singing to her signature talking/singing style that we all know and love.

Release: 2010

– Calum Carey

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