Estelle Breaks Down Her Lovers Rock Regge Playlist
Following the release of her latest album Lovers Rock, out September 7, Estelle shares a playlist of her favorite lovers rock reggae cuts.
Peep our Q&A with Estelle here about the LP, her parents’ love story and more — and read below as she walks us through the playlist, track by track.
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“Lover Rock,” Sugar Minot
Start it off right….
“Caught You in a Lie,” Louisa Mark
The queen of lovers rock. Her singles and album were such a standout for the era and culture.
“Silly Games,” Janet Kay
The CLASSIC from the West London, British-born, perennially amazing vocalist Janet Kay
“Lights Out,” Estelle from Lover’s Rock
“Keep It Like It Is,” Louisa Marks
Another classic that my mum played ’til the tape popped or the record warped.
“Hush Darling,” Gregory Isaacs
Just velvet-voiced Gregory Isaacs…
“I Will,” John Holt
A fave. I was so happy when Kanye sampled it for JAY-Z’s Black Album!!!
“So Easy,” Estelle featuring Luke James from Lover’s Rock
“Hopelessly in Love,” Carole Thompson
Another classic voice, she floated; it’s easy with her…
“If I Gave My Heart to You,” John Mclain
I’ve been given so many beats that have sampled this intro, none have quite gotten it right. I won’t touch it until someone does…
“They Gonna Talk,” Beres Hammond
Lyrics and vibes from Beres… You need nothing else.
“Love Like Ours” featuring Taurus Riley from Lovers Rock
“What One Dance Can Do,” Beres Hammond
Any dance, any place anywhere, Dollar van to a christening party to a lounge… it goes.
“Queen & A Lady,” Beres Hammond
His melodies are always on point, still unforgettable….”
“Loving You,” Janet Kay
Her covers were always amazingly right.
“I’m Still in Love,” Alton Ellis
First original version I ever heard of this song…
“If I Don’t Have You,” Gregory Isaacs
Been sampled most notably on Mos Def’s “Ms. Fat Booty.”
“Come Over,” Estelle featuring Sean Paul from Shine
“Money in My Pocket,” Dennis Brown
I’ve used the cadence on this hook in many diff songs…
“Wildfire,” John Holt & Dennis Brown
This was an unexpected duet for the time, I think… Greats joining ranks!
“Waiting In Vain,” Bob Marley
Without doubt a classic from the first note….
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