Robin Thicke Romances Outside ‘Blurred Lines’ on Synth-y Bonus Tracks
Club-ready iTunes extras "Pressure" and "Put Your Lovin' on Me" put the "luxe" in "deluxe edition"
Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines arrived this week, and the iTunes deluxe edition comes packed with two extra tracks. If the album itself finds Thicke stepping from bedroom slow jams into club-friendly bangers, “Pressure” and “Put Your Lovin’ on Me” (via Idolator) only go further into the VIP.
Both are produced by the Cataracs, the Los Angeles outfit behind Far East Movement’s Dev-led “Like a G6″ — one of SPIN’s 50 Biggest White Girl Rap Moments of All Time — and these tracks are similarly electronic-oriented. The friskier “Pressure” has Thicke crooning romantically in the best Motown tradition, though a rote love-as-a-drug analogy may explain why this catchy song missed the cut for the LP. “Put Your Lovin’ on Me,” meanwhile, is a flickering, spacious, cybernetic take on the slow jam, something like Thicke’s equivalent of Usher’s brilliant “Climax,” though you can hear Timbaland’s influence as well in the stuttering drum programming.
Either of these could just as easily have appeared on the proper LP. If nothing else, the Cataracs’ contributions prove Thicke has a big … Rolodex.