By Shanz (Pen2 Paper Creative Concept)
On the heels of his hit collaboration 'Green Light' ft Andre 3000, John has found another amazing track with label mate Estelle, dubbed 'No Other Love'. John Legend seeks to cement his legendary status in music, with his latest collaboration British Star Estelle. With little over 37,800 tags on Google alone and over 12 ADDS last week on radio, in the United States the single seems to be getting lots if not all the love. Estelle struck oil earlier this year, with Jamaican superstar Sean Paul, with their steamy collaboration 'Come Over', which still rides high on charts locally and internationally. She seemingly has the magic ingredient to make constant hits, not just in hip hop or R&B, but Reggae as well.
John on the other hand, seems to be making a statement, by crossing over into a genre with which the world has obsessed with for decades, due to reggae's late greats like Robert 'Bob' Marley, Alton Ellis and Dennis Brown. John previously collaborated with Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall veteran Buju Banton. He may have enjoyed the tastes so much so that he has 'no other love, or no other touch' than for our very own Reggae music. No Other Love was written by John Stevens, Dwayne Chin-Quee, Mitchum Chin, and Estelle Swaray. It was recorded at Grafton Studios, Kingston, Jamaica and by Conrad Golding at Criteria Hit Factory, Miami Fl and Alex Venguer at Legacy Recording Studios NYC.
The authenticity of the track bears it weight in gold, with grass root reggae 'rhythm structure' and melodies, John's use of lyrical connotations of 'love', 'touch' and 'kiss' serves to highlight the main topics to which the best, and greatest reggae tracks have been built. The track enhances its listeners in a 70's 80's reggae vibe with John starting and Estelle's smooth transition in the track. I must admit, after listening to the song several times, I was singing Lauren Hill's rendition of Bob Marley's 'Turn Your Lights Down Low'. Another highlight of the song came, when I heard a direct quote from Caribbean rising act - Pressure's hit single 'LOVE & AFFECTION' - produced by Don Corleon Records, futher showing that the writers, and possibly John himself, are keen, better yet possibly avid listeners of reggae music. and as such was able to, record and by extension produce a wonderfully authentic reggae single like 'No other love'.