There hasn’t been anything conventional about the year 2020, and this is particularly true of anything within the entertainment world. From canceled concerts to unfinished albums, a lack of productivity has left a lot of audiences wondering where the best jams of the year would be produced – however, even with this being the situation, underground players like Ronnue haven’t let fans completely in the lurch this October.
Ronnue himself is back in the spotlight this month with a new single in “That’s the Way Love Goes,” a cover of Janet Jackson that looks to continue the campaign he started last year with Introduction 2 Retro-Funk by highlighting some of the best qualities in his natural sound. Focusing on blending the classical stylization of retro R&B with a new jack swing revival more steeped in melodicism than beat-centricity, this is one musician who can be counted upon for something a lot more intriguing than just the standard cover song in “That’s the Way Love Goes,” and if you don’t believe me, you need to hear the track for yourself before the season has expired.
“That’s the Way Love Goes,” as it’s being presented by Ronnue here, is all about championing instrumental definition, and this is clear through the evenhanded approach that comes with each instrumental climax we find between the start and finish lines. Though he might not have written the lyrics, he’s breathing vitality into them through the strength of his performance and the passion in his voice, the latter of which seems to seep through the speakers and impact our understanding of the narrative even more than the actual verses themselves could. I don’t need a lot of bass in this instance because the groove is plenty heavy without it, and had Ronnue wanted us to marvel at a lot of background fireworks, I definitely don’t know why he would put as much heart into his own delivery as he did. I absolutely love his attention to detail, and although it’s not being exploited in quite the fashion I had assumed it would be for a cover like this one, it makes for a satisfying experience just the same.
I’ve been a fan of Ronnue’s music for a minute now, and it’s impossible for me to say that he isn’t raising the bar for himself once again after checking out the beats he’s working with in “That’s the Way Love Goes” this October. The Seattle scene he’s been calling his own over the last few years has been in a constant struggle to stay relevant – from the decline of its fabled rock n’ roll culture to the overwhelmingly negative backlash its pseudo-rap community has received from legit syndicates in Los Angeles and Chicago, the Emerald City just isn’t getting the respect nor adulation from critics that it was a few decades ago, but that isn’t stopping Ronnue from doing everything he can to change that. He can’t resurrect Seattle by himself, but with moxie like his, he’s definitely keeping his scene in the conversation.
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