METEORIC HEIGHTS: If there’s one jam that I’ve been blasting consistently recently, it has to be ‘Meteorite’, the stand-out track from Mariah Carey’s most recent set ‘The Elusive Chanteuse’.
A sleek, elegant disco meets neo soul mid-tempo produced by the legendary Q-Tip, ‘Meteorite’ is the kind of track that I was shocked to see still being produced in the mainstream today.
Mariah references Andy Warhol’s iconic ‘15 minutes of fame’ quote at the beginning of the track before launching into song on top of a serene, space-age soul beat that makes use of the horn and string riff and vocal ad-libs from Eddie Kendricks’ ‘Goin Up In Smoke’ from 1976 and builds in intensity gradually and gradually before bursting into a full-on post Studio 54 dance track for the last minute.
Although there’s a certain sense of sweetness to Mariah’s vocals on ‘Meteorite’, the lyrics indicate an underlying cynicism of the whole ‘Hollywood machine’ (‘Can you keep up? Everyone you see is racing.’) that is surprisingly subtle.
In short, possibly the best track I’ve heard this year and ample proof that Q-Tip needs to have a place in the ‘Producers Hall of Fame’ carved out for future reference. His alternative version (floating about the Internet) is equally sublime. Enjoy the original first and foremost though. It’s a treat.