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Can’t Stop Spinning: Jessy Lanza’s Favourite Records
Aimee Armstrong , June 24th, 2020 09:13

In this week's Baker's Dozen, Jessy Lanza speaks to Aimee Armstrong about lifelong favourites from Fleetwood Mac to Missy Elliott, and discusses the records that helped her bridge the worlds of pop and jazz


Monica - Miss Thang
Miss Thang actually ties in really well with what I just said earlier about jazz, because my bad kind of forced me to start taking jazz dance classes, which I hated. But my teacher was really cool. And she would use that Monica album as our warm-up. I was quite young, I think around the same age as like all these other records, like the SWV and Janet Jackson. So this dance teacher introduced me to Monica and then I remember going home and seeing the music video for ‘Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)’ and realising how much I love Monica's voice too. She kind of got me into R&B music. I hated the dance classes because I was just really awful but the one good part was I knew that I would be able to hear that Monica song.