Jazz saxophone genius Marcus Strickland has partnered with Okayplayer‘s Revive Music kin to release a new, deep-grooving rendition of Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait A While.” Backed by a brilliant band and featuring the vocals of North Carolina-born vocalist Christie Dashiell Strickland’s cut is the second official single off of the new Supreme Sonacy LP, a dynamic compilation that will serve as Revive’s second official release when it drops on August 7th.
The track premiered at Billboard Tuesday morning and has Strickland offering up a world of deep low end that never falters as it coasts forward from groove to groove. Here’s what Revive’s President Meghan Stabile had to say about “Let’s Wait A While”:
Reuniting Janet with the jazz legends she first conjured in the “Alright” video and calling on J Dilla’s signature swing, the track is an enveloping clinic in groove theory constructed to overwhelm the senses. Dashiell is the saccharine counterpoint to Strickland’s buzzing bass clarinet and tenor performance, peppering the arrangement with her nuanced vocal — a high point for Strickland. “When REVIVE asked me to do something like a cover of “Let’s Wait Awhile”, I immediately thought of how powerful the melody, message, and Janet’s voice is. So I was very careful on choosing the vocalist to pull it off and add their own flavor.” Digging into the untapped possibility of r&b, the band turns Janet’s signature adlibs into a sick horn vamp that bends and twists itself into an ethereal jam by the end of the recording. The entire breakdown is capped by Dashiell’s soaring vocal hovering just above the pocket at its absolute best. “I’ve been a fan of Janet [Jackson] since I was a kid, so I was so happy to sing this song. Marcus’ arrangement makes me imagine driving in my car with the windows down on a nice summer night. I just love the vibe we all created on the recording!”
Stream the beautiful new single below, and when you’re finished listen to Brandee Younger perform Supreme Sonacy’s first single.