Three years ago, British R&B singer Don-E put together a who’s who of the U.K’s most beloved R&B male singers and called them “the collective.” This group of singers included Carl McIntosh from Loose Ends, Leee John from Imagination, Junior Giscombe (“Mama Used To Say”), Omar Lye-Fook (perhaps the most prominent British R&B singer today), Noel McKoy, Paul Johnson and Rick Clarke. They were gathered together to perform today’s track, “Spiritual.”
Normally, I would go into some great detail about the artist or the song; but I really don’t know a whole lot about this one. It was included on Don-E’s 2013 release Little Star. To my knowledge, the song never charted here in the States. Some of the singers (namely McKoy and Clarke) were unfamiliar to me. Loose Ends was very popular among R&B fans in the mid 80s, while Imagination and Junior both charted hits during the decade. I’ve been listening to Omar for years; his Best By Far album is one of my favorites. All I know is, when I first heard this song, I was instantly pulled in. I still play it regularly three years after I heard it. It makes me feel good. That’s the main reason I posted it today.
Below I’ve added a “loose remix” of the song that I just found last night. I enjoy it almost as much as the original. There hasn’t been a lot of talk about an easy two-step lately. This song makes me do one. Or several.
I hope you enjoy either, or both versions of today’s song. As always, thanks for reading and listening.