Singles of the year: #39

39. You Don’t Know My Name (reggae remix) – Alicia Keys

1999: Coffee And TV – Blur
1994: Renaissance – M People
1989: People Hold On – Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield

This started life as an unauthorised bootleg mash-up, with the instrumental lifted from an old Gregory Isaacs cut, before being cleared for official release on a B-side. Another strong track from an artist whom I don’t generally have much time for (especially after witnessing her tedious, shallow, hopelessly misjudged live show a couple of years ago). I’ve never heard the original version – and what’s more, as great as this is, I have no desire to. Because as far as I’m concerned, this is the way the song is supposed to sound – and I’d like to keep it that way.

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