Can you believe we’re just days away from Janet Jackson‘s Unbreakable? One of the most anticipated albums of 2015, the icon’s first album in seven years will definitely have the people talking. But before the album is released, one-time collaborator Seven Aurelius decided to drop unreleased gem “S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S.”
Despite reports to the contrary, with one listen to “S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S.,” it’s clear to see that this is a track from a bygone era. The production has a decidedly early aughts quality to it. As well, the sex kittenish subject matter belongs with the exhibitionistic Damita Jo period and not the more subdued sensuality that Janet seems to be portraying these days. That, however, doesn’t stop this from being a jam. With a funky bass groove, her signature backing vocals and a heavy-handed sample of hip hop classic “White Lines,” Janet coos and seduces as she entices her suitor to indulge in a bit of kink with her. While she invites him to explore her, the warm, sensual production provided by Aurelius, who might be best known for his work with Ashanti and the rest of the Murder Inc. crew in the early 2000s, is inviting enough to set the mood.
Writing to Janet fansite Janet Love, Aurelius said, “‘S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S.’ is an unreleased song and an exclusive gift for Janet fans. I spent a lot of time with Janet. She is my favorite artist to work with and produce. I wrote the song with her and I hope her fans like it. She really is a beautiful soul.”
This one, of course, won’t be featured on Unbreakable. But before you get ready to explore the Janet’s upcoming new era, take a look back by listening to “S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S.” right here.