Track of the Day: When this party track hits, it hits hard (actual song starts at 1:30min mark). Cherelle’s “Saturday Love” produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis was a dry run for the beat driven R&B they introduced in Janet Jackson’s Control. Such a brilliant rhythm track, so spare at various strategic points, essentially to highlight Cherelle’s and Alexander O’Neal’s rapid fire delivery. The track is just so effortless and bumpin’ just like Saturday.

Janet Jackson’s “Let Wait a While”, the b-side of the day, is another Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis production job. This should be required listening for anyone who thinks you need a gazillion tracks to make something deeply meaningful. Over an even sparser rhythm track and melody, Janet just carries this melancholy ode. 

Janet has such a different voice and works with it so brilliantly, its tasteful and hushed not declamatory and prone to vocal histrionics, displaying a quietly assertive femininity for respect. Sometimes you don’t need slogans to get your point across, and I appreciate that about her. My favorite part of this track, which you should hopefully catch as well, are the barely there in the mix violins heard in the chorus. What a great track I must reiterate…