Most Wanted! Jill Scott – Spring Summer Feeling (Ron Trent Remix) (SPRING)
Here we go… crossworlds in all senses of the term. From this meeting between R&B/Neo Soul songstress Jill Scott and Chicago champion of the syncopated deepness Ron Trent. To this unofficial remix of ‘Spring Summer Feeling’ bringing us to anoter dimension.
A quick listen to the original version of ‘Spring Summer Feeling’ tells a lot about the path which Trent has gone thru to turn it into a hypnotic groove. And this, without altering its original beauty, but undeniably enhancing it in a way different environment. From a lascivious song to an irresistible Dance gem. As if the lyrics of the song left an open door for this to happen. “Oh, la la la la la la. It takes more than diamonds to woo me. La la la la la la. It takes more than money to groove me. Oh, oh…”
Kinda hard once more to understand the reasons why the label – Hidden Beach – didn’t give this remix a release. Unless fearing it would receive a bad reception by the singer’s fans as a consequence on the ongoing fragmentation. As a result, no wonder why this unofficial 12″ has reached such a value along with time.
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To be honest, nothing could predict Jill Scott was to become a singer. And, even more, to be having such a status. A Philadelphia, PA native, she started jumping from a job to another before finding her way…
Having an obvious inclination for poetry, she initiated her performing career as a spoken word artist. Coming to the attention of Amir ‘Questlove Thompson of the Roots fame, she joined the band in the studio. Eventually co-writing ‘You Got Me’ in 2000. A song which earned Erykah Badu and The Roots a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a duo or group. This, subsequently leading her to soon after collaborate with Eric Benét, Common and Will Smith.
The first artist signed to Steve McKeever‘s ‘Hidden Beach Recordings label, Jill Scott released her debut-album – ‘Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1’ – during the same year. From then her career has never ceased blossoming. From her starring roles in the Tyler Perry ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ movie franchise to the HBO-produced ‘First Ladies Detective Series’, there is no stopping her passion for the arts.
And, indeed, passion as expressed through her music has been the essence of what has made Jill Scott one of the most important artists of the new millennium. The North Philly native became part of the international music consciousness with the release of ‘Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol. 1’. An album which not only achieved double-platinum status. But also earned her NAACP Image Awards, trophies from both Billboard and Soul Train, as well as Black Girls Rock.
Her 2004 release of ‘Beautifully Human, Words & Sounds, Vol. 2’ was a continuation of the acceptance and recognition she enjoyed with her first two albums. The anthemic standout cut ‘Golden’ reflecting her life experience. “After taking time off, I felt like I was just living my life like it was golden. It was as if I could polish it, like I could walk past a mirror and just marvel at it. So when I heard the track for the first time, the words just came to me and all I could do was just write them down.” The album which received a nomination for a Grammy for Best R&B Album won the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for the single ‘Cross My Mind’. Meanwhile ‘Spring Summer Feeling’ received a noticable remixing treatment courtesy of Ron Trent in an unofficial 12″ release.
Jill Scott released a total of 8 albums on Hidden Beach from 2000 until 2010. She then launched her own label – Blues Babe Records – in partnership with Warner Brothers. She has since released 2 extra albums with her last one to date – ‘Woman’ – back in 2015.
What makes her style so distinct is not only her soprano voice. But also her natural ability to blend Jazz, Opera, R&B and Hip-Hop vibes. An artist from hair to toes, Scott no surprisingly explored different horizons such as acting in films and TV, displaying a consistant CV there too.
In explaining the formula for her prolific writing and ability to serve as the voice of many women, Jill remarked… “I put myself in each woman’s place and found that it became more about me. All of it, with the envy, the anger, the frustration, the loneliness, the joy, the passion and the rapture…”