To be completely honest, hearing about the Yasiin + Gaye project did not excite me as much as Amerigo Gazaway‘s Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to the Pharcyde did, mainly because I am a die hard Marvin Gaye fan with the belief that his music is sacred and should not be remixed. However, after listening to Yasiin Gaye: The Departure, it becomes clear just how immersed Gazaway is in Marvin Gaye‘s sound, focusing on his prized possession — the voice. Song titles are subverted into something else and elements heard are taken from several songs sometimes, even other artists, as shown on “I Want You Till the Summertime.” One would think it would be a remix of “I Want You” but instead we hear Yasiin singing the melody of Bob Marley‘s “Sun is Shining” and the music’s foundation is taken from Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me?” “Sexual Healing” is perhaps my least favourite Gaye song, due to its cross into the 80s sterile drum machine sound. However, by slightly changing the pitch of Gaye’s vocals, setting them against a slowed down “What’s Going On?” bassline, and even sprinkling a touch of Teddy Pendergrass, “Come On & Go With Me” the track, and an occasional wail from Yasiin, “The Panties” will certainly do the task of sexual healing.
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