Joy Orbison – Donell


A man that needs no introduction, Joy Orbison is minimal tech royalty. Master of anything low profile and casually seductive, Donell is a bit of a surprise addition to his repertoire. The revamp of 1999 classic RnB track by Donell Jones, U Know Whats Up is subtle, progressive and sassy. The track is a solid acknowledgement of the recently emerged and seemingly expanding sub genre of contemporary RnB; that is less booty dropin crunk, more sultry bedroom svelte.  The pairing isn’t typical by any stretch of the imagination but Orbison capitalizes on its silky depth, injecting the track with the sweet deconstructed techno that he’s so well known for.  The sophisticated delivery of two distinctly different styles seems to be proof enough that the modern RnB wave is here to stay.  Looking forward to remixes of 112, Next and Keith Sweat getting mysteriously horizontal in our ears in the near future.

Donell is available for free download here.

Words – The Other Jess

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