Jennifer Lopez/Kinnda : Love Don’t Cost A Thing/Don’t Bring Sand To The Beach

If you're looking for propulsive R&B, you're better off with Kinnda...

The flipside to Destiny’s Child’s ‘we can take care of ourselves thanks very much’ playa-baiting ‘Independent Woman Part 1′, this sees Jennifer Lopez rather unconvincingly claiming that “What I need from you is not available in stores”. Hey girl, get with the programme, men are losers whether they’re loaded or not. Make like Beyonce and go and buy a watch or some shoes or summin’. Whether it’s a paean to Puffy (hey, it’s like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton all over again, ain’t it? Only about three-fifteenths as interesting) or just, y’know, a bunch of words that rhyme strung together is too big a question to answer here. What is for certain, though, is that ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’ is a paltry rewrite of her first single, only without the novelty factor. Wack, as Damon Albarn might put it.

If you’re looking for propulsive R&B, you’re better off with Kinnda, a Swedish chanteuse who’s wisely hooked up with the team behind ‘No Scrubs’, Kevin ‘She’kspere’ Briggs and Kandi Burruss, for a tick-tocking four minutes of TLC-lite craziness. Despite sounding like the kind of thing that Kandi tosses out during recess, ‘Don’t Bring Sand To The Beach’ is still a whole lot fresher than poor Lopez and her hymn to bankruptcy. Inevitably, perhaps, a future star, this Kinnda surprise.

Christian Ward