Cee-Lo - "Only You" f/ Lauriana Mae

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Cee-Lo Green returns from Christmasland and gets right back to his soulful grind on this collaboration with relative newcomer Lauriana Mae--a grind that could best be described as foulmouthed Motown. The breakdowns remind me a little of that Bruno Mars song that sounds like The Police but Cee-Lo and Lauriana pull the groove satisfyingly down to earth on the big drums and Funk Brothers-ish bassline on every verse. Mae herself is no slouch--a modern day torch singer with real jazz vocal chops ala Amy Winehouse, although she obviously hits some soaring pop-diva runs that the dearly departed Ms. Winehouse would never have ok'd. Either way, a pretty auspicious launch to a new talent and Cee-Lo's new year. Listen below and judge for yourself:

props to RS