The first entry in my Album Of The Month series is a rule breaker, in that it isn’t an album at all. Arriving under the title ‘This Far’ is a newly announced boxed set which brings together all six of Sade’s studio albums, opening with 1984’s Diamond Life and concluding with the most recent entry in the canon, Soldier Of Love. The collection has been remastered by the band’s longtime collaborator and co-producer Mike Pela, with the title suggesting that the band’s discography may not yet be complete. Either way, ‘This Far’ provides a welcome opportunity for both established fans and new listeners to hear the group’s full body of work. The arrival of ‘This Far’ seemed like a good opportunity to highlight some of my favourite tracks from the band’s discography and perhaps shine a light on direct connection between their music and my own productions.
Sade’s music has been a constant presence throughout my life, following me from Cape Town to my travels in my current home in London. During my childhood in the 90s I remember riding in the car with my father whilst he would play their cassettes. During the current chaotic times, Sade’s music has successfully transported me back to those places of my youth, helping me to remain grounded. I hope you find some solace in these tracks too.
Kiss Of Life (taken from Love Deluxe)
Never As Good As The First Time (taken from Promise)
Give It Up (taken from Stronger Than Pride)
Never Thought I’d See The Day (Musk Men Mix 1995)