Summer Mixtape, Track 2: 'Now That We Found Love' - Third World
Well before Heavy D, producer Teddy Riley and their hired hook singer, Aaron Hall, put a hip-hop spin on this Gamble and Huff tune, the funky Jamaicans in Third World cut the definitive cover.
Whereas the O'Jays original was a sweet slice of easy-listening early-'70s soul, Third World cranked up the tempo, plumped up the harmonies and added a disco-flavored rhythm along with some island accents. The result was an exhilarating, hook-laden pop-reggae jam - an irresistible international hit that still moves the crowd 30 years later.
It's not Third World's best song (that would be the trenchant "1865 [96 Degrees in the Shade]") - and it doesn't necessarily resonate with reggae purists. But every time I hear it, it makes me giddy.
(Note: Because the major record labels are still disabling YouTube's embedding feature on most of their official music videos, you'll have to click here for the full clip.)
By J. Freedom du Lac |
July 1, 2008; 8:13 AM ET
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