Despite its boasting of a solid Rick Ross feature and the type of opulent retro-R&B production the Bawse consistently scores with, Estelle‘s “Break My Heart” only managed a modest peaking of #33 on the R&B/ Hip Hop Singles chart, planting the song as the latest in an ever-increasing string of post-“American Boy”/ Shine singles by the British songstress to fail at making much of a major impression on the masses.
So what’s a girl who’s increasingly in danger of becoming a State-side one album wonder to do for her next move? Start over from scratch and attempt to push yet another third album lead single in the hopes that it’ll finally be the one that sticks, or call up some industry mates for a remix of the song she’s currently working in order to give it a second shot at success?
Wisely choosing the latter option, Estelle cooks up a 2.0 take on “Break My Heart” with the major potential of becoming, if not a huge radio banger (though it deserves to be), at the least a mixtape mainstay for the summer-to-fall transition.
Bulging with all kinds of cool surprises at every turn, including samples from 90’s R&B girl group Zhane’s sublime midtempo “Sending My Love” and Audio Two’s hip hop classic “Top Billin'” and some smooth lyrical turns from Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss and “guest star of the year” frontrunner (once again) Busta Rhymes, “BMH (Remix)” ends up being miles more jam-worthy than the original, mainly from it being styled similar to so many of the great New Jack/ New Jill R&B-and-rap-marrying revamps that sprinkled so much of the ’90’s.
Plus, it also brings about the return of Estelle the emcee, a seemingly forgotten-about aspect of the woman’s talent (and great compliment to her smoky singing chops) that more than proves here to be a side she needs to show off more often in the future.