‘Never Say Never (Lane 8 Rework)’ by Brandy
San Francisco’s Lane 8 journeys back to 1998 for his smooth and subdued take on the title track to Brandy’s sophomore album. The grooves run deeper, the vocals, sounding subtly withered by time, reverberate into vaster spaces: it’s a strangely melancholic work of danceable nostalgia. Back then Moesha was just two seasons in, still at the height of its popularity, *NSYNC ruled the airwaves, I was probably still bugging my parents to get me Gak. Simpler times.