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In Tune: BenZel and Jessie Ware Time Traveling Cover of “If You Love Me”

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By Bryan Hood | TUNE: “If You Love Me,” a song about walking the walk when it comes to love, featuring production that skips from ’90s era R&B (which makes sense, since the song is a cover of Brownstone’s 1994 single) and some icy, futuristic strain of the genre. But it’s not all about the beat, as the siren-like vocals are the real focus here, only one-upped by a mesmerizing gospel chorus, one of the most affecting we’ve heard this year.
BY: BenZel, a Japanese production duo made up of teens Umi Takahashi and Yoko Watanabe¬†(who reportedly met on an ankle socks message board), with vocals from British R&B singer Jessie Ware (who we’ve been obsessed with since the summer).
CURRENTLY: Amazingly, the song is BenZel’s debut. No telling where it will end up, but for more of Ware’s vocals, check out her first LP, “Devotion,” one of our favorite albums of the last few months.

Image: Jessie Ware/Facebook

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