10 Seconds: Ursula Rucker

My response to "Were you ever into drum 'n' bass?" will always be something like "In bits. 4hero - Loveless. That's drum 'n' bass, no?" Blame Ursula Rucker.

If in the last few days, you've heard a muffled "flashlight!", "everybody's got a little light.... under the sun" or "pararadirarararararara" emanating from the general direction of my face mask, then blame Ursula for all that too.

1. Parliament - Flashlight (0'00" - 0'10")

From

Parliament

- Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome (1977)

"Simple. First ten seconds. You know you bout to get it...then that final YAH@...OVER. Get swept up into that Funkadelic fever! ⚡️ "

2. This Mortal Coil - The Jeweller (1'34" - 1'44")

From

This Mortal Coil

‎– Filigree & Shadow (1986)

"Love the haunting hum into the short instrumental bit into the next verse.

It’s just sublime...ugh...love this song so much."

3. Prince & TNPG - Money Don’t Matter Tonight (3'00" - 3'10")

From

Prince & TNPG

‎– Diamonds And Pearls (1991)

"Machine gun sound from drum. Woooooooo!!!!!!! Plus the whole song’s meaning is timely af...plus...IT’S PRINCE 🏽‍♀️"

4. Atlantic Starr - Circles (2'28" - 2'38")

From

Atlantic Starr ‎– Circles 12" (1982)

“It’s a feeling with the way she sings Circles and holds the note...it’s a shift...like...”fuck this!”..I’m out!”

5. Teena Marie - Square Biz (4'36" - 4'46")

From

Teena Marie ‎– It Must Be Magic (1981)

"Always a fave. Queen Teen. ALWAYS. So many favourite bits in the song. Revs me up each & EVERY TIME! But this part right here gives me that extra special Teena feeling...it just does."

6. 4hero - Give In (2'01" - 2'11")

From

4hero ‎– Play With The Changes (2006)

“But everyday that you cry...is a day that goes by...and you’re slipping away from meeeeeeeeeyeaaaah”

"FUCKING CHILLS EVERY DAMN TIME!!!!!! WITHOUT FAIL!!!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!!!

Plus I’ve used it to teach myself more singing techniques as well...yup...love singing (or attempting to sing) this line." 🏽

7. Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (2'48" - 2'58")

From

Marvin Gaye

- What's Going On (1971)

"...."Throw up both my hands" I wait for this part every time. It makes my head tingle....and it makes me wanna holler...throw up both my hands...and i usually do...keeps the fire burning"

8. Ursula Rucker ‎– Feel Me (1'38" - 1'48")

From

Ursula Rucker ‎– She Said (2010)

"I just love it. Love the way i stretch “me” out and the way the whole phrase “feels” really. It’s just truly me...that’s all."

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