Life Ain’t A Dream is a masterpiece of poetic performance art and is the first partnership between Circle of Funk and Mr V.
Mr V, (aka Victor Font) hails from Manhattan, New York and has an impressive résumé in the dance music arena. Drawing on his influences from the house, hip-hop, latin, garage and disco scene of the 80’s, he has been active as an inspiring DJ, producer and rapper since the age of 14 and has worked with influential underground genius Louie Vega on the Masters at Work label. In 2004 Mr V. launched the SOLE channel music label.
Bristol born quartet Circle of Funk have released a variety of quality dance tracks and remixes since 2010 and are much in demand for their refreshing approach to production, always endeavouring to explore the boundaries of genre and sound, and never being afraid to break away from the pack.
This union results in a dynamic and talented international partnership and the resulting production is a truly unique piece of work.
The original mix has Circle of Funk’s signature pulsating bass line coupled with Mr V’s lyrical dialogue delivered in such a way that it is a fusion of poetry and rap, conveying an important message that complements the musical backdrop perfectly.
The message is both motivational and inspirational, with the track enticing the listener in like a work of art that contains hidden layers and depths of meaning. On the first hearing the audience may think that the words are simply about being motivated to live your life before time passes you by, but it subsequently becomes evident that the words are also of spiritual significance, inviting the listener to ponder the meaning of their existence on earth. Then just as one imagines that the essence is clear a further message emerges about racial equality. The track title is an indication of how we need to persevere in our journey to achieve true racial harmony, while the lines about rising above hate to achieve success is a tribute to the ethos of the late Nelson Mandela.
The drop down dub mix showcases one of Circle of Funk’s unique blends of percussion and keys which adds another dimension to this composition. It has a more atmospheric feel than the main mix, but also contains elements of jazz and garage set to a four on the floor house beat. This version is sure to make the dance floor come to life with its pulsating heartbeat rhythm.
What Circle of Funk and Mr V have achieved here is a perfect example of how music has an incredible ability to teach, inspire, break down barriers, and encourage harmony and love in a way that will reach out to many music-lovers worldwide.
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” Nelson Mandela
SUS014 Life Ain’t A Dream – Circle of Funk ft Mr V released on Slapped Up Soul – 3 Feb 2014