For many of us, a John Legend collaboration was probably the first instance in which we heard the name Melanie Fiona–and the voice that goes with it (I’m going to go ahead and feel special for a sec because the first time I heard her voice was a few years before that in the Miami studio of Black Chiney producer Supa Dups). Seems fitting then, that there will be a sequel of sorts on her new LP the MF Life, which drops tomorrow March 20th. With it’s classic soul chords and conscious message, that track “L.O.V.E.” feels like a natural extension of the themes on Wake Up!–his collaborative LP with The Roots that featured the original duet. And like a lot of things Legend touches, it will remind you of some of your favorite soul music–for me, tunes by Aretha Franklin, Ohio Players and Gladys Knight came to mind–without being able to place a specific sound or melody. “L.O.V.E.” will apparently be the closing track on The MF Life, which Fiona has said she wanted to have “a nice, positive ending.” Pre-order on iTunes here.
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