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Listen: Shura - "Just Once" (Honne remix)

27 August 2014, 13:20 | Written by Melanie Battolla

​Russia-born, London-based singer and songwriter Shura unveiled her second single, the mellow, modern-day ballad “Just Once”, at the beginning of the month. The track is an equally reflective and day-dreaming piece, seemingly channeling Michael Jackson’s longing and despair of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”.

​Now that the end of summer is clearly approaching, the artist handed the track over to London-based duo Honne who have reworked it with their own brand of soulful and smooth production, prolonging the warm season with a few more sun rays. The duo inject a slow-dancing pulse and a new lease of life into the original, with a shuffling, bouncing beat and dance-appropriate synths. They also centre the attention on a loop of probably the track’s most dejected lyrics, “gonna go get drunk”.

It climaxes with a one-more-look-over-the-shoulder to the past summer, reminiscing through tropically refreshing waves of synths and bass lines that appear to have been lifted from one those early noughties French house singles à la “Lady”.

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