NEW MUSIC: Switch feat. Andrea Martin – I Still Love You, Revisiting the soulful house standard
by Marcus K. Dowling
“I Still Love You” could very easily be the best song in the world that few mainstream ears are actively listening to. Known by average party-goers at the rarely live DJIng half of the Diplo-assisted Major Lazer tandem, Dave “Switch” Taylor is, much like the production team’s current single, an “original don” of dance music. Of late, using elegant minor keys and percussive dance rhythms to massage plaintive and wistful emotions out of vocals has been his claim to fame. While UK artist Alex Clare’s debut album The Lateness of the Hour stumbled out of the blocks due to early adoption of a now commonplace underground co-mingling of sounds, Switch perfects the concept on this galloping bit of house-inspired R & B funk.
Vocalist Andrea Martin is the Darlene Love of her generation. A songwriter and background vocalist of great acclaim, she steps to the forefront in a most significant manner on this single. One of the chief songwriters behind SWV’s early 90s run of success, her most significant claims are songwriting credit on En Vogue’s 1997 #1 Billboard pop wailer “Don’t Let Go (Love)” and two recent credits (“Give It to Me Right” and “It Kills Me” from The Bridge, Melanie Fiona’s 2009 debut album.
The song’s most significant selling point? It’s greater than the sum of its plentiful remixes, a rare statement in the present era. If unable to truly visualize how such a kingpin anthem can fit into a set or mix with current staples, Brodinski and The Shoes’ Gucci Vump tandem and Manchester duo Heavyfeet have added stellar bass and house variations on the theme , but if in another time, the original would have been a championship sound with immense crossover potential.
GUCCI VUMP REMIX
Switch feat. Andrea Martin – I Still Love You (Gucci Vump Remix) by Gucci Vump
I Still Love You (HeavyFeet Re-work) – Switch & Andrea Martin by HeavyFeet