Turn You Up – Kenny Dope presents Lee Wilson

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Turn You Up – Kenny Dope presents Lee Wilson

Brooklyn man and 4 time Grammy nominee Kenny Dope Gonzalez is one of the biggest names in House Music, having initiated the Masters At Work brand in the early 1980’s. He has worked with just about everybody in the business and is most famously associated with Louie Vega, collaborating on the seminal Nuyorican Soul album in 1993, and wowing crowds with their DJ sets at world famous venues like Southport Weekender, 51st State, Suncebeat, Groove Odyssey, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, ADE, Chosen Few, and Pure Pacha to name a few. Kenny is known as a production trailblazer, having set the standard for many others with his syncopated beat style, and he has achieved worldwide fame with releases such as The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) (under the alias of The Bucketheads). He founded the Kay Dee and Dope Wax labels and is currently one of the most hard working and prolific remixers, producers and DJs on the circuit.

Lee Wilson  is a versatile singer and songwriter from Boston who has a rich and soulful voice that effortlessly crosses genre boundaries. He has spent a lot of time in Puerto Rico absorbing the lifestyle and culture as well as independently releasing four albums, opening for John Legend, and achieving success with his R&B, Reggaeton, Pop, and Latin sounds. Lee is a man who is always up for a challenge, not one who follows the crowd, and not somebody who can be easily categorised. Concentrating on what feels right musically, Lee continues to go from strength to strength and is a name to be watched.

The Dope Wax Label founded in 2004 is Kenny’s label showcasing his own work as well as a variety of House artists and musical styles.

The lyrics of Turn You Up are about the pure joy of being at one with the music in the room. “Give me music, let it use me, fill me up till I’m complete”. Lee perfectly expresses the feelings that every dancer and music lover has when listening to a song that resonates through to their very soul, intoxicating them with the beat.

Fellow Brooklyn legend Todd Terry teams up with Kenny on three of the remixes. The first remix has Kenny and Todd’s signature all over it with a broken feel and big full-on House sound.  The O’Gutta Dub takes us on an atmospheric futuristic journey with its hypnotic and spaced out vibe while The Brooklyn Bridge Dubb has a mysterious and intense leftfield feel while retaining an underlying jacking beat.

Kelvin Sylvester brings us the remix that is the pick of the bunch. The quality of his smooth production is evident in this warm, soulful and harmonic version. Perfect subtle touches and effects give the track a certain something that will appeal to every listener. Kelvin’s mix fully embraces Lee’s passion for the music that is his lifeblood, bringing out the best in his superb vocals, while retaining the four to the floor beat that will make this remix a dance floor classic.

Turn You Up – a song that everybody who loves music can identify with – the love is transported through every note by Lee and the uber talented team of producers who have contributed to this masterpiece.

DW115 Turn You Up – Kenny Dope Presents Lee Wilson –  Dope Wax Label released 6 May 2016.

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Help Me – Beat Rivals, Lifford


Help Me – Beat Rivals, Lifford

Formerly mentored by Karl ‘TuffEnuff’ Brown, Beat Rivals are a hard working and inventive production duo from London. KrazyK and Soulshy came up with the name Beat Rivals due to their tendency to create individual interpretations of their work as well as collaborative releases, and this friendly competitive approach to their productions results in numerous contrasting and complementary elements to every release package.
Beat Rivals have previously worked with Lifford on ‘(Gotta Be) Free’ and ‘If I Could’, and have collaborated with several polished performers including Xavier, Flexie Muiso, Natasha Watts, and Tony Lindsay.

Lifford shot to fame when he featured on Artful Dodger’s ‘It’s all about the Stragglers’ album in 2000, as the vocalist on two tracks – ‘Something’ and the top ten hit ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’.  Since then he has released and written songs covering a variety of genres which makes him one of the most versatile performers on the circuit. He has worked with Rhemi, The Checkup, Wipe The Needle, Circle of Funk, Mark Radford, Luciano Giola, Teebone, Glenn Gregory, Matt Jam Lamont, and Brian Keys Tharme to name a few. One of the most in-demand artists in London, Lifford regularly performs live as part of a group and a duo, entertaining crowds throughout the UK.

Help Me is the fifteenth release on the Rival Beat Label, a label which promotes quality House music for a range of talented artists.

The lyrics of Help Me are about reaching out for assistance when you need it, and the importance of physical and emotional support from your friends and family. Lifford’s lyrics are generally based on experiences which are very personal to him, and he has previously spoken of a long term battle with depression. His rich and honey-toned voice delivers the vocals with passion and poignancy, making this a song which will resonate with anybody who has travelled a lost and lonely path only to find comfort in warm and loving friendships.

Beat Rivals fine production has a classic jazz-funk feel, with its jazz piano and laid back bass, reminiscent of an early eighties Shakatak vibe. Adding even more quality to this wonderful release, additional keys are provided by classically trained UK pianist Brian ‘Keys’ Tharme, with accomplished Masters At Work musician Gene Perez on bass guitar. Help Me is a track that will bring joy to the ears with its easy-going, smooth, mellow sound, and joy to the heart as it reminds us to freely offer our love and support to those who need it.

Help Me from Rival Beat Records, available now on promo from Traxsource,  available on 2 May 2016 from all good download stores.

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