Absurd, really, how long we've been waiting for Ms. Lovers Rock to return to the game. For this track off her first album in a decade, out in February 2010, all the subtleties of her voice come rushing back—it's amazing how the tiniest flick of intonation can infer the deepest of emotion. It's classic Sade but nothing about it sounds dated, the beats accommodating today's passion for low-end without getting Swizz Beats-y with it—a minimal backdrop for a woman who doesn't have to bloviate to say so, so much. Also: peep that album artwork!
Stream: Sade, "Soldier of Love"