It’s the winter of 1988 and Stronger Than Pride is still in heavy rotation. What many, if not most, slept on during this period was an esoteric b-side neatly attached to the album’s third single, “Nothing Can Come Between Us.”

      1. Nothing Can Come Between Us - Sade

Now, “Make Some Room” is odd, even by Sade standards. It has this soundscape that matches Acid Jazz with a dash of House, making for something that doesn’t have a proper title. And that’s alright, because labels are for clothes, never art.
      2. Sade - Make Some Room

Fast-forward to 2012.

If you’ve been diligently following the site, you are familiar with the up-and-coming musical outfit, Columbia Nights. Their debut has garnered quite a buzz with its originality in the fields of electronic, soul, and so much more. Today, they give us a cover of that very same b-side presented above.

Here it is:

      3. Columbia Nights - Make Some Room

Now, typically I wouldn’t immediately cosign a Sade cover because, as far as I’m concerned, no one can do it better. But, the great thing about this is that…

1. The original isn’t all that well-known.
2. The cover takes an anomalous take on an already peculiar record.

So what we’re left with is a persuasive argument to reengage the work of Sade, whilst finding further reason to invest in the career of Columbia Nights. The song’s ethereal entrance lulls the listener into a comfort zone before entrancing you with a wholly developed groove. Well-timed guitar licks and minimal, yet compelling vocals, this is today’s cure for the weekend hangover. Enjoy.

Written By: Paul Pennington

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