Mean Sleep Over You

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always gotten a kick out of discovering/re-discovering fairly recent, but old music. It’s kind of like a fine wine. If the music is good and a true classic, it gets better as it ages. Five years ago, I listened to Groove Theory’s album again (after letting it collect dust for several years) and fell in love with Amel Larrieux’s voice all over again… which led me to search for even more of her music and voila… I hit the jackpot and found four more cd’s to add to my collection!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about this Neosoul singer Van Hunt. I remember that when I first heard one of his songs in 2004, I thought it was hot. I can’t even remember what the name of the song was. But his name was embedded in my brain. It was always in the back of my mind to look into more of his music, but for some reason I didnt. Well, now I have and I’m glad I waited. I’ll say it again, good music gets better as it ages.

His 2004 self-titled album is better by far with tracks such as “Hold My Hand,” “Dust,” and “Hello, Goodbye.” His sophomore album On The Jungle Floor (2006) is okay too. It has an offbeat sound that I think I’d have to listen to again to see if I really like it or not (I had to do the same with Amel Larrieux’s Bravebird and now it’s one of my favorite albums). My favorite track from OTJF is “Mean Sleep” featuring Nikka Costa (another singer I absolutely love) which you may have heard on “Just Wright.”

Surprisingly, I’d heard his work way back when he was just a songwriter. He penned another of my favorite songs “Hopeless” by Dionne Farris (a beautiful song from the Love Jones soundtrack).

I don’t know how old “Your Love” is, but I’m guessing it was on his Use In Case of Emergency (2009) mixtape. So dope!


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