Do For Love by Specialist ft. Ishawna

Throwback inspiration. The original recording is credited to Bobby Caldwell as it was recorded in 1978 and released on his debut album. There have been many covers and samples used from the original recording. Most notably from the list of covers/samples are Peabo Bryson and Natalie Cole as well as Boys II Men’s version. I am certain this Caribbean version was inspired more so by the Bryson/Cole mash up as this single features a male and female artiste of the Caribbean. Music of the 70s, 80s and 90s have a special place in my heart thanks to my mum and her saturation of such tunes while I was growing up. I am more familiar with the Bryson/Cole version of the original ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ but I have heard my mum make mention of who the original artist was for this record.

I was very pleased when I heard the opening lyrics to the song and realized it was going to be a Caribbean take on a classic quiet storm track. I enjoy when Caribbean artistes choose to use classic as inspiration and add a Caribbean flare to the track. This is definitely a single I will have as an addition to my music library. The production of this video was very well done. I love entire story board for this music video. The pans between the Specialist and Ishawna showing the relationship and just how much either is willing to do for this love I think was done well. The little dance section was sweet too. Started off with a full few 8-counts then just transitioned right into the types of dancing that we West Indians tend to do more often then not when in a dancehall. Sidenote: I loooved the bandeau styled top that Ishawna had on in the last scene of the video! The color was cute and definitely compliment her make up well.

Check out the official music video below and let me know what you think of it.

Be sure to keep the links to find out when the single has been officially released on iTunes for purchase. Until then make sure you follow Specialist and Ishawna on Twitter – @SpecialistDSR @Ishawna. Also, be sure to follow the productions team Downsound Records on Twitter as well – @KingstonSignals.


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