Gem of the Week: “The Glamorous Life”-Sheila E.

Song: “The Glamorous Life” Artist: Sheila E. Album The Glamorous Life (1984) 80’s pop singer-drummer goddess Sheila E.’s first album, The Glamorous Life remains a mesh-legginged, big-haired strut and a #throwbackthursday win. Released in ’84, at the height of Madonna-styled female independence, chunky bangles, and snappy radio hits, the singer’s freshman studio album bops with quirky synths, heavy dance…

Gem of the Week: “Corcovado”-Antônio Carlos Jobim

Song: “Corcovado” Artist: Antônio Carlos Jobim Album: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (1963) For plush, indulgent Bossa nova that sounds crafted for a swanky cocktail hour, peep Latin jazz legend Antônio Carlos Jobim’s ’63 freshman studio album: a sleek, heartfelt array of now-staples (“The Girl From Ipanema”, “So Danco Samba”, “Agua De Beber”) and ever-understated deep cuts…

Gem of the Week: “All the Things You Are”-Oscar Peterson Trio

Song: “All the Things You Are” Artist: The Oscar Peterson Trio Album: Another Day (1970) Sultry piano isn’t a genre, and it wasn’t in 1970, either. But if it was, late jazz artist Oscar Peterson could’ve been originator and gatekeeper. Coined as the “Maharaja of the keyboard”, the Canadian legend’s early training regimen was purely classical:…

Gem of the Week: “All About You”-Donell Jones

Song: “All About You” Artist: Donell Jones Album: My Heart (1996) For those of us whose souls melt with the play of any 90s R&B slow-jam staple, whether off the discogs of Xscape, Jodeci, Jagged Edge, or Mary J., ‘Throwback Thursday’ is a lifestyle. We yearn for Aaliyah-themed, Tommy Hilfiger-decked 90s DJ nights, the karaoke revival…

Gem of the Week: “Future Love Paradise”- Seal

Song: “Future Love Paradise” Artist: Seal Album: Seal (1991) It feels unfair that it took the 1995 release of ever-corny Batman Forever and its soundtrack, which housed smash-hit single “Kiss From a Rose”, for sleek-pop UK singer Seal to really make waves. Otherwise known as Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, he’s enjoyed long-term fandom within a niche of adult radio…