Alongside ‘Smooth Operator’ and ‘Paradise,’ ‘No Ordinary Love’ might be considered Sade’s signature tune. It’s got that all-too-smooth and silky feel to it, and it won her a Grammy for best R’n’B Performance by a Duo or Solo Artist with Vocals in 1994. Even though she’s essentially a crooner, Sade exudes the kind of effortless cool that makes other divas blush; where Mariah Carey was belting them out and showing off her ridiculously large octave range to prove to the world how good of a singer she was, Sade was just playing it cool, not having to prove anything to anyone.
It takes a lot to sound as relaxed and sensual as Sade when you’re covering her. But Hackney duo James Low and Adeleye Omotayo – better known as Equals – have basically out-chilled the smooth-as-butter singer by creating a minimal R’n’B version one of her most famous tracks. It’s taken from their EP Old Habits and is a fine indicator of the kind of polished electronic soul the pair are so good at.
Listen to their version of ‘No Ordinary Love’ below. Old Habits is out today.