“I Feel it Coming” might be the slowest burning jam to hit the charts in ages, in which the Weeknd enlists the robotic hum of Daft Punk to help craft a perfectly calibrated climate of desire. Brilliant, sexy songs don’t just appear out of thin air, though, so we reveal how this song’s perpetual excitement is hard-won through references to past stars of sultriness like Michael and Marvin while employing its own bag of tricks to turn up the heat.
• The Weeknd + Daft Punk – I Feel it Coming
• Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get it On
• Michael Jackson – Rock With You
• Chic – Good Times
• Ike and Tina Turner – Doin’ It