Wilde is responsible for the 80s classic ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ – a record sampled by the likes of Foxy Brown, Blackstreet and The Crooklyn Clan. The track represents a slow jam from the era perfectly, combining some electronic elements with the soul that dominated the decade before. Despite being a
love lust song, it still had enough of a groove to two-step to.
The Jones Girls
In the late 70s and early 80s, this trio of sisters were churning out hits. Debatably, their most successful song was ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’, but I prefer their slow jam ‘Who Can I Run To?’ (covered by Xscape in 1995) and ‘Nights Over Egypt’, which has an intro that to this day still leaves me in awe, especially when you consider what it leads to.
You’ll have to go through a lot of music to find a bassline more irresistibly smooth than on Keni Burke’s ‘Rising To The Top’. An all-time favourite from my mum’s collection, Keni also provided listeners with other memorable records such as ‘One Minute More’ and ‘Never Stop Loving Me’, with the latter utilised as a muse for Snakehip’s ‘On & On’ from 2013.
This esteemed Soul band – also referred to as Frankie Beverly & Maze – released a numerous amount of soulful, two-step anthems from the late 70s and throughout the 80s and ‘Before I Let Go’ is a personal favourite of mine and my mum’s. The groove, the vocals, the guitar solo – it’s all mad.
Certainly one of the sauciest bands that I’ve found in my mum’s collection, with their production and vocals unique to the ear. Although perhaps not as well known as some of the other acts on this list, Starvue managed to create a couple of standout hits that have stood the test of time.