Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody [1983]

Chaka Khan, yet another criminally overlooked vocalist who never received the exposure she truly deserved. Her voice is pure as all hell, riding the area between the growlers (Tina Turner) and the warblers (Whitney, when she could sing). This track, unbelievably released in 1982 hasnt dated as badly as some of her catalogue, in fact I think Aint Nobody was far ahead of its time, heavy electronic work, lots of synths it smacked of Freestyle some 4 years before the Freestyle sound became mainstream across the world. Its a seriously moody piece, showcasing the most important part, Khan’s vocal talent but that moog that runs behind the whole track just kills it for me.

Frankie Knuckles did some incredible remixes of this track, preserving the majority of the arrangement and pushing it harder, more atmospheric and more club friendly. You’ll find the LP Mix featured on many a Greg Wilson set and for good reason, its fucking amazing.
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody (Frankie Knuckles LP Mix)
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Hallucinogenic Mix)

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