My Way EP – Michele Chiavarini

My Way

My Way EP – Michele Chiavarini

Michele Chiavarini (pronounced key-ava-ree-knee) is a rare breed of producer, accomplished in so many musical fields that every production oozes quality and it is easy to see why. Michele has been creating music for over twenty years, he plays numerous instruments including bass, violin, trumpet and vibraphone, and he is classically trained in piano and guitar. His keys have graced many a production and he has deservedly become the favourite keyboard player of numerous UK producers. He is also a songwriter, arranger, composer, remixer, sound designer and session musician, and because of his multitalented approach, there is nothing synthetic about any of Michele’s creations – he plays all of the instruments and strives for absolute perfection in every release. He has written music for TV and film, worked with Ennio Morricone, and won several awards for his work. He established Nova Fronteira in 2002 and wrote and produced the Full Fronteira EP as well as many other releases including the awesome cover of Everybody Loves The Sunshine. In 2014 he had major success with the House classic Let Me See You (Clap Your Hands) and has gone on to release several club favourites including Naomi’s Song, Get On Out There, Staring At The Sun, Tenderness, Something About Your Love…the list goes on and on. This man has worked with everybody in the business and is possibly one of the most respected artists out there. A native Italian, he now lives in England and has been adopted as an honorary Englishman by everybody who knows him – humble, respectful, kind and with a keen sense of humour, Michele is one of those amazing people with a heart of gold and is a pleasure to know.

The My Way EP is a collection of 6 versions of Doing Things My Way which features Cinnamon Brown on vocals, plus Gifted featuring Dana Weaver. Remixers on this EP include DJ Spen, Reelsoul and Namy. The package is released on DJ Spen’s Quantize Recordings, a label that is synonymous with excellence in Soulful House production, showcasing the very best that the dance music scene has to offer.

Cinnamon Brown hails from New York where she began singing in the Harlem Girls Choir and trained at the Fiorello H La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Classically trained in musical composition, she is a lover of primarily Soulful House, RnB, Gospel and Jazz. She has worked with many respected artists on the dance music scene including Josh Milan, Alex Millet, Mark Stone, Benji Candelero, Giulio Bonaccio, and Federico d’Alessio to name a few.

Dana Weaver is from Baltimore and was recognised as a gifted musician at the age of four when her parents noticed that she could play piano by ear. She went on to become a classically trained pianist, a talented singer, composer, and choir director. She has worked with many quality dance music artists including the late Vesta Williams, Neal Conway (founder Basement Boys member), DJ Spen, Thommy Davis, and Montana & Stewart.

Doing Things My Way is a big bold song, and showcases Michele’s trademark fusion of old and new where he hints at old school jazz funk and disco vibes, with an overall classic orchestral sound, expertly constructed. Cinnamon Brown’s powerful and controlled vocals resonate through the track making this a glorious dance floor future classic. House Music royalty, Baltimore’s DJ Spen  and Californian wonder Will Reelsoul Rodriquez add three remixes to the package including a Hump Mix and a Str8 Rockin’ Xtra. The Spen and Reelsoul remixes are subtle variations on a classic thumping  House version which features cleverly placed keys  and a pulsating bassline that will have the dancers up and bustin moves from the outset. Japanese producer Namy (Yutaka Takanami) pleases the dancers further with a bouncy funky disco vibe that has hints of Nile Rodgers style guitar and a captivating vocal arrangement .

Written by Jill Scott, Gifted is a deeper and more subtle track graced with Dana Weaver’s beautiful vocals. The mesmerising bassline and mystic keys seduce the listener with their exquisite sensual vibe, making this track a nice bonus and a sweet complement to the bold vibrancy of the rest of the EP.

The My Way EP is a stunning collection of music for the feet and the soul. It has deepness, disco, jazz and a shining aura that will thrill and enchant the audience. Certainly one of the best releases of the year, and one that will be remembered for many years to come.

QTZ106 – My Way EP  – Michele Chiavarini  – Quantize Label released on Traxsource promo on 3 June 2016, and on general release 17  June 2016.

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Mask Off – Rhemi, HanLei, Lifford

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Mask Off – Rhemi, HanLei, Lifford

Rhemi is the talented production duo of Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk. Before Rhemi was formed, Ziggy had success with releases including Everyday and What You Afraid Of with Taliwa, and Neil formed part of Fanatix who produced hits including Happiness with Heather Johnson and Call On Me with Sara Devine and Sterling Ensemble. Both are accomplished DJs and when they got together in 2013 they formed an innovative and pioneering partnership that took London by storm. Rhemi have drawn upon all of their influences and teamed up with some of the best artists in the business to produce hit after hit including Let Me Be with Nicole Mitchell, Diamond with HanLei, Warning with Lynn Lockamy,  Beat Within with Cassius Henry, and Everything Is Good with Carmichael MusicLover. The quality and passion for their craft shines through in every release.

HanLei is a singing and songwriting collaboration between lifelong friends and vocalists Hannah Khemoh and Aleysha (Lei) Gordon. They have performed in worldwide locations including Russia, the USA and Croatia, and have shared a stage with the likes of Don E, Omar and Mica Paris. The girls have collaborated with Rhemi before on Diamond – one of the most successful tracks of 2015, and more recently with the vibrant Keep Dancing.

Lifford came to the fore in 2000 with Artful Dodger singing Please Don’t Turn Me On and since then has carved out a successful solo career, collaborating with several producers on the dance music scene. He is versatile and hard-working, having the ability to grace any genre with his silky and impassioned vocals, and his voice has a rare quality that makes it instantly identifiable as belonging to Lifford.

The lyrics tell the story of a couple who want to fall in love but are finding it difficult to state their feelings honestly for fear of exposing their emotional vulnerability, hence the need to ‘take the mask off’. Lifford, Hannah and Aleysha deliver the vocals with an intensity that places the listener right there in the middle of the scene, watching the analysis of the relationship unfold. All three singers are masters of their craft, giving a solid and credible performance.

The Rhemi Main Mix has the trademark Rhemi four to the floor beat which will have everybody’s feet tapping from the opening bars. The exhilarating pace is complemented by a sublime grand piano, luscious keys and subtle notes of excellence that captivate the audience throughout.  Rhemi are famous for producing great dubs and the Rhemi Vox Dub is no exception with its more laid back feel, gorgeous keys, and aura of gentle mystery. Thailand’s Q Narongwate provides an alternative dub which has a carefree vibe and a warmth that feels like a summer day in paradise. DJ Q is Phuket’s most exciting House DJ, and it is testament to his skill that Rhemi have invited him to be part of this release.

Every Rhemi release is a winner, but this one in particular has a special something that will make it one of the seminal sounds of the summer of 2016. The skilful production where Neil and Ziggy have perfectly placed every note, every sound, every beat coupled with the vocals of three amazing singers, gives Mask Off a wow factor that makes it pure sweet candy for the ears and the feet.

RHEMI027 – Mask Off – Rhemi, HanLei, Lifford  – due for release on June 10th 2016.

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Somethin Wit Jazz (10 year anniversary remixes) – Mr V

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Somethin Wit Jazz (Ten Year Anniversary Remixes) – Mr V

Mr V is a Nuyorican producer, DJ and vocalist who lives every day with dance music in his heart and soul. Growing up in New York, and heavily influenced by genres such as Hip Hop, House, Latin, Garage, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Disco he immersed himself in the nightlife, and soon joined Louie Vega as an assistant at the world renowned Masters At Work label. Since then he has gone on to produce several hundred tracks, create his own label, and is in hot demand as a DJ, remixer and vocalist. When Mr V is on the decks he takes the audience through a wonderful journey of dance and rhythm, and has the rare gift of giving the dancer a sensory and physical experience with the magical sets that he creates.

Somethin Wit Jazz was first released in 2005 as part of the Dance Ritual Project on the Sole Channel label , and subsequently appeared on Mr V’s Welcome Home album as well as the Bargrooves Bar Anthems album. The original version features a mesmerising and minimal jazzy vibe. Mr V’s signature rhythmic rap-style vocals are confident, uplifting and intimate, encouraging the dancers to move their bodies and shake their booty. Anybody who has felt intoxicated by the vibes of a special tune will identify with the lyrics which are all about the joy of dancing and becoming one with the music.

The ten year anniversary remix package includes remixes from Man Without A Clue Jay Kutz and Reelsoul.

Dutch producer Man Without A Clue (real name – Alex van Der Meijden) has more than a decade’s experience in the music business and has previously worked with the likes of Roger Sanchez and Kenny Dope. His remix complements the original with a heavier tech feel that is deeply hypnotic but still retains the four to the floor pulse of the track.

Jay Kutz (Jason Peralta) hails from New Jersey and focuses on quality House productions but also has an affinity with 90’s Hip Hop, Melodic Trap, and RnB. Another variation on the traditional House backbeat, his version exhibits hints of film noir eeriness and deepness which give it a late night atmospheric vibe.

Talented Californian producer Reelsoul (Will Rodriquez) has been making waves worldwide since he started creating quality cuts back in the 90’s. Will’s 2016 rework is pacey, upbeat and bouncy, giving us a clever fusion of soulful jazz that has a carefree vibe running throughout. The brass elements are highlighted and there are touches of humour interlaced into the warmth of the track. Will also provides a keyapella and instrumental version.

This release of Somethin Wit Jazz is has a flavour to suit every mindset and will embrace every dancer on the floor, creating feelings and memories that will continue long after the music has ended.

SCM052 – Somethin Wit Jazz (Ten Year Anniversary Remixes) – Mr V – Sole Channel released May 2016 on Bandcamp.

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