Wednesday, August 3, 2016

7TH HEAVEN feat. Katherine Ellis-Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (2008)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: August 3, 2016

Oh thank heaven for 7TH HEAVEN! That opening statement was inspired by the popular "7 Eleven" commercial slogan and makes perfect sense here: one, it fits the whole 'heavenly praise' theme; two, another long-standing personal music wish of mine was recently fulfilled, and I am so very thankful for it! The late Aretha Franklin backup singer Gwen Guthrie recorded a smash hit back in the 80's that I still adore to this day: "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent". So unforgettable are the intelligent lyrics that speak about a woman who's got to have a man who's got some money—no romance without finance indeed. Apparently, there's at least a couple of other ladies who desire the exact same thing: Swedish singer Jessica Folcker, whom I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with within this past year and who recorded her own pop/r&b remake of the Gwen Guthrie classic back in 1998; and a soulful vocalist named Katherine Ellis, who teamed up with the production duo of Jon Dixon and Andy Wetson—better known by their aliases STARLAB and 7TH HEAVEN—for the awesome 2008 house remake that you'll hear on the trio's nine-track single! Even though it's always fun to hear the various different remixes of a song I really, I'm so stuck on just the 3+ minute '7th Heaven Radio Edit' that starts the house party that I almost don't even need to have the other eight mixes! Almost, I say, because I know there'll be times when a good long 6+ minute or 7+ minute remix is what I'll want to jam to and not have the house party ending too soon. That is when either the '7th Heaven Club Mix' or the longest-running mix—the 'Wayne G & Porl Young Remix'—will become my closest companion. Either way, I'm pleased with this 7TH HEAVEN/Katherine Ellis collaboration, as everything about the Gwen Guthrie original has been given a big-time boost, with Katherine adding a little spice and flair with her bold and cheeky quips of 'uh-uh' between verses, further reinforcing that you-better-have-some-cash-in-your-pants-before-you-get-down-with-me attitude that the house diva in her portrays exceptionally well:

1. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (7th Heaven Radio Edit)
2. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (7th Heaven Club Mix)
3. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (Fonzerelli Club Mix)
4. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (Fonzerelli Dub)
5. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (Soulshaker Remix)
6. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (Soulshaker Dub)
7. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (Wayne G & Porl Young Remix)
8. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (Dezz Jones & JC Mix)
9. Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (7th Heaven Instrumental)

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