What Ya Gonna Do – Taliwa, Circle of Funk


What Ya Gonna Do  – Circle of Funk, Taliwa

Circle of Funk are a production team who are ever evolving, unafraid to try new sounds, and bringing new and interesting vibes to the fore with every release. Circle of Funk’s origins go back to the 90’s where Bristol based Lee and Paul formed a DJ Duo called Culture Shock. Andy joined the group in 2000 and the first ever Circle of Funk release came to fruition in 2006 – a track called Games with Mandy Senior. Lee and Paul have since moved to London where they are regulars on the London club circuit. Over the years they have teamed up with many great artists including Natasha Watts, Lifford, Mr V, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, and they have also been in great demand for their remixes. The Circle of Funk sound blends the best of old style disco, funk, soul and house genres with a touch of jazz, and melodic electronica, built on strong deep and soulful foundations.

Taliwa is a petite lady who has a huge vocal range, with a depth of maturity and richness that conveys the emotion of every lyric. Taliwa has performed at Beat Players and Deep Into Soul, and is in regular demand around the UK where she is always a favourite with the crowd. She has worked with Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk (from Rhemi), Mangesto, Sy Sez, Sonny Fodera, Sean McCabe, Wipe The Needle and Souldynamic, and was the voice behind the much celebrated House classic ‘Music For My Sun’. This is her first collaboration with Circle of Funk.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, Circle of Funk’s own label which supports a variety of artists from talented musicians on the soulful dance music scene. Past releases include contributions from Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Circle of Funk , Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V, the label continues to gain momentum with every new track.

The lyrics of “What Ya Gonna Do” are about having the courage to embrace a relationship rather than holding back through fear of the unknown. Taliwa expresses the notion with passion, her rich sultry voice challenging and encouraging her admirer to take things to the next level. It’s a catchy tune, Circle of Funk’s production maintains a soulful quality while featuring lush piano, stylish percussion and gorgeous melodies over a four to the floor dance beat.

This superb release from Circle of Funk and Taliwa is a wonderful blend of alluring vocals teamed with quality production. An infectious sweet tune that will captivate the listener and instil them with the notion that anything is possible if they take the first step forward. What Ya Gonna Do with this tune in your selection, is warm the heart of the dancing crowd – it is a track that will have them singing and dancing along until the closing bars.

SUS028 What Ya Gonna Do – Circle of Funk, Taliwa – released on Slapped Up Soul 24 November 2017

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Touch The Spirit – True2Life, An-Tonic


Touch The Spirit – True2Life, An-tonic

True2Life aka Richard Pring is a producer from Bristol, who has been around since 1999. Starting out as part of Triplicity and the Park Street team with Ceri Howe, John Revelle, and Kai Jolly, Richard was involved in several releases and worked with talented singers including Rainy Payne and Diana Waite. In recent years as True2Life he has been prolific, producing Classic House, Soulful House and UK Garage vibes, working with artists including Phillip Ramirez, Lady Bunny, Dennis Wonder and Pat Bedeau. He is also very much in demand for his bumping remixes, having had success with Circle of Funk’s Feelin It, featuring Lifford on vocals, and One House Plus with Jazzloungerz and An-tonic.

An-Tonic has been a huge fan of dance music since the age of seven when he got into Funkadelic, having had the good fortune to meet George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. Once he was old enough, he travelled the world featuring in various films as an extra, and was then recruited as a member of the New York Guardian Angels. Working through the night, he was able to pursue his love of music and featured in open jam sessions where he featured with the likes of Funkadelic, Bobby McFerrin, LL Cool J and Terminator X. Anton fell in love with House music and started to collaborate with various producers, his spoken word vocals adding richness to many releases. He has featured on several productions including Pleasuredome with Andy Holder, Freerider with Jamie Anderson and Owain-K, Sunshine Getdown with Shane D and Dean Saunders, and Televized! with Louis Ferrier.

This package is being released on the rapidly rising Slapped Up Soul label which features quality soulful artists from around the globe.

Touch the Spirit is a track which delivers a poetic message about the spiritual nature of House music that many lovers of the genre will relate to. Anton delivers the vocals with an authoritative and heartfelt passion that will resonate with the mindset of the audience.

The Original Mix is animated with elements of House, Soulful House, UK Garage and Techno, amongst a dazzling synth backdrop. Definitely a dance floor favourite, it is a track that skilfully mingles genres and will stimulate the senses of the club faithful. The Raw Mix crosses genres again with its blend of broken beat and UK garage vibes, the percussive rhythms, organ stabs and driving beat delivering an alternative mood. Bristol boys Circle of Funk deliver a mix that is a predominant blend of deep, ethereal and minimal, with enchanting keys and delicate percussion that weaves its way through a bouncing beat, while up and coming young UK producer Jordan Trove brings us a quality mesmerising and almost anthem-like flavour with a pulsating backbeat that keeps the momentum high throughout.

A worthy addition to DJ sets around the world, each version has a captivating quality, making this an exciting package that will lift and touch everybody’s spirit as the balmy summer rooftop evenings approach.

SUS027  ‘Touch The Spirit’ released on Slapped Up Soul June 2017

Lay Your Love On Me – Circle of Funk, True2Life, Phillip Ramirez

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Lay Your Love On Me – Circle of Funk, True2Life, Phillip Ramirez

Circle of Funk are always changing things up on the UK dance scene, and this time they have teamed up with fellow Bristol producer Richard True2Life Pring who featured on their recent Feelin’It remix package. Circle of Funk have collaborated with quality vocalists in the past including Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Natasha Watts, Dawn Tallman and Charlene Samms, and this release showcases talented Californian vocalist Phillip Ramirez.

Richard Pring has been a producer for many years as part of the Triplicity and Park Street team. Since 2011 he has produced under the name True2Life, with releases including Morrisson, Dennis Wonder, and Rainy Payne, and remixes for Pat Bedeau and Wipe The Needle. He had major success with a rework of Mike Delgado’s ‘Latino Way’ in 2013, and Richard has worked with Phillip Ramirez before on the tracks ‘Take Me Higher’ and ‘Sweet Memories’.

Phillip Ramirez has been a professional vocalist since 1990, and he received widespread acclaim for his debut release ‘See the Light’ with 95 North. Phillip has gone from strength to strength in the music industry and has additionally achieved success as a playwright, composer and songwriter. He is widely recognised as an accomplished singer and international recording artist and has performed worldwide with several dance club singles in his discography.

This package is being released on the rising Slapped Up Soul label which showcases new and established soulful talent both in the UK and worldwide.

Lay Your Love On Me is a lively upbeat track that will have the dance floor bouncing from the start. The catchy vocals are delivered effortlessly by Phillip in his signature emotive voice.

The Main Mix has an overall warmth to it, with a traditional jacking house beat, well placed keys, expert percussion touches, and an effervescent dance vibe. The True2Life Dub is equally lively but with a more atmospheric and deeper feel, and is the perfect late night floor filler. The package also includes an instrumental version. Lay Your Love On Me is a refreshing and appealing track that will prove a satisfying addition to any DJ selection this season.

SUS022 ‘Lay Your Love On Me’ released on Slapped Up Soul January 2016

Turn It Up – Soulm8 Selection Volume 1 – BBE


TURN IT UP – THE SOULM8 SELECTION VOLUME 1 – Various Artists The BBE (Barely Breaking Even) Label marketed their first track in 2001 and have been prolific ever since. More than 300 releases later and in conjunction with Soulm8, they have given us this excellent compilation of feel-good tracks encompassing Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House, and Broken Beat which will bring a smile to faces on every dance floor. With every track hand selected by Dave Simpson of Soulm8 magazine, this album will provide an upbeat soundtrack to summer.

First up is the bouncing Luis Radio and Souldynamic Vocal Mix of Booker T and Mike City’s Just 2 C U Smile, a nice samba vibe to get everybody in the party mood, which is followed by a broken beat sector including AphroDisiax’ (Sy Sez and Gavin Peters) old skool funky composition Spaceship, and Circle of Funk’s sublime ethereal song Future which showcases the talents of up and coming vocalist Charlene Samms.

Next on the turntable is the soulful groove One of a Kind from Groove Association and Georgie B, followed by Phil Asher’s sexy and sultry ballad Off My Mind featuring vocals from London songstress Zansika Lachhani. Then Deborah Bell’s Close Your Eyes will take you right back to the eighties with its catchy RnB romantic lyrics.

Track 7 is Lifford Shillingford’s reassuring composition Alright telling the story of a parent’s unconditional love for their child and track 8 changes up the mood with an addicitive afro beat from N’Dinga Gaba and Natasha Watts called Good Love.

Stepping up the pace is Booker T’s 2013 classic If You Take My Love which will have the dance floor bumping, and then Diana Brown and Barrie K Sharpe bring a funky 70’s sound to the mix with The Masterplan.

Completing the album are two accomplished tracks, Booker T’s gorgeous bouncing jazzy keys remix of Mega Jawns composition Joy, and another quality contribution from Phil Asher and Zansika, a funky masterpiece called Taking Over Me.

This album has something for everybody, and spans the musical palette of genres from the 70’s right through to the present day, each song feeling familiar with warm and well loved accents of the old jazz-funk/soul era, yet enjoying the benefits of polished contemporary production techniques. The tracks will take you to a place where life is good, love is in abundance and everything is right with the world. Evoking sweet memories, this collection will compel you to sway and dance the night away – a sweet sound of summer to add sparkle to every party.

Turn It Up (Soulm8 Selection Volume 1) – out now on the BBE label on Traxsource Click Here for the Traxsource Link

Circle of Funk, Lifford – Feelin It – The Remixes

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Circle of Funk the innovative and industrious production quartet from Bristol are fast becoming favourites on the UK dance scene. In recent years they have worked with worldwide respected artists including Dawn Tallman, Robert Owens, Mr V, and Natasha Watts and since 2011 they have released several tracks featuring the talented Lifford Shillingford.

With his silky smooth vocals, Lifford is well known for his 2000 ‘It’s All About The Stragglers’ collaboration with Artful Dodger, having been the featured vocalist on ‘Something’, and ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’. Lifford also has contributed to an extensive catalogue of tracks covering a multitude of genres including Drum and Bass, Soulful House, Soul and Reggae to name a few. He is an impassioned songwriter and his lyrics are often a reflection of his life journey and an expression of his deepest thoughts.

In 2011 Feelin It was the first collaboration between Circle of Funk and Lifford. The track beat was still under construction, and serendipitously, Lifford heard it. He was immediately moved by the party Afro and Latin vibes, and felt compelled to create his own magical lyrics. The track was publicly very well received and reached number 7 in the Official Urban UK Club chart.

The remix package is being released on the Slapped Up Soul label with contributions from top South African producer Luka and Bristol maestro Richard Pring (True2Life).

Luka’s remix turns the track completely on its head from a lively party track to a minimal Afro chillout cut that is Luka’s trademark. Although he adds a very different emotion to the proceedings, it works incredibly well and has a mesmerising charm that gets right inside the psyche of the listener.

True2Life provides a remix and a dub version, bringing a big sound to the mix, a lively UK garage touch with jazzy organ and a bouncing beat that will keep the dance floor grooving.

Circle of Funk have carefully chosen two very accomplished producers to remix one of the absolute gems of their back catalogue. The remixes are very different flavours of the original but both retain something very addictive about this track which has really done justice to the original composition. Feelin It (The Remixes) is a beautifully constructed package which is sure to be a hit on the summer dance floors around the world.

SUS019 ‘Feelin It – The Remixes’ released on Slapped Up Soul May 2015

Circle of Funk – Walking in Circles EP

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Walking in Circles is the latest EP release from Bristol production quartet Circle of Funk, and the seventeenth release on the Slapped Up Soul label.

Circle of Funk began producing music in 2010 with a remix of Mandy Senior’s “Games”, and have entertained us ever since with a wealth of genres and styles, some instrumental, and some collaborative, featuring respected artists such as Lifford Shillingford, Mr V, Robert Owens, Natasha Watts, and more recently introducing talented London singer Charlene Samms.

Yet again the boys have produced an EP which is not only unique and contemporary but somehow comfortingly familiar in its evocative quality. Never formulaic in their approach, Circle of Funk certainly had their artistic synapses firing with this production, drawing on their palette of inspiration to create something very versatile for the dance music community.

Both tracks are a spot-on selection of stylish percussion sounds, smooth keys and edgy vocal samples fused with the familiar warmth of a funky vibe.

The first composition Gladys Mayhem has an intense deepness and an atmospheric, dream-like feel which would be just as fitting on a dramatic film soundtrack as on the club dance floor. Sitting With Stan is a lively and heart-warming creation, that will quickly have you moving your feet to the beat with its up tempo keys and feel-good atmosphere.

For an artist to convey emotion without lyrics is a real achievement, and Circle of Funk have effortlessly achieved this by producing two engaging, expressive, and multi-faceted tracks. Walking in Circles – pure joy for the feet and the senses, goes to show why Circle of Funk are fast becoming one of the UK’s most respected production teams.

SUS017 Walking In Circles EP – Circle of Funk

Released on Slapped Up Soul – 21 July 2014 (available now on Promo)

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Soulful Session ft Kerrie-Anne – Keep On Lovin Me

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In June 2013, Soulful Session (DJ Schooly) produced the Future Divas EP, showcasing five outstanding vocal female talents – Lynn Lockamy, Leanne, Kerrie-Anne, Rachael Calladine and Kaysee.

Lynn Lockamy’s Hostile Takeover and Leanne’s Mr Weather Man have already provided major chart successes for Soulful Session, and Keep On Lovin Me is the next package of remixes to be released as a sequel to this acclaimed EP.

The Keep on Lovin Me package includes five remixes of the original mesmerising house track plus the additional track ‘Believe’.

Kerrie-Anne is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter from London with an impressive 4 octave range. She began singing in church as a young child and has grown from strength to strength, specialising in jazz, gospel and soul, and has made many high profile performances.

‘Believe’ is an inspirational pure gospel tune coupled with a nice easy soulful production style, warm gospel keyboards and a dance bass line making this a versatile track which will suit your car stereo or your DJ set equally well.

Kerrie-Anne performs ‘Keep on Lovin Me’ with an effortless elegance, conveying the essence of deep unconditional love throughout the song.

The Ricky Montanari and Holly mix is a heavy thumping club version that will liven up your dance floor.

The Circle of Funk remix has a bouncy bass line with captivating key and percussion sounds that give a soulful yet deep tone to their exquisite house blend.

The Wipe the Needle remix has a Latin feel with warm organ sounds and sexy percussion that makes this mix the star of the bunch.

The Gianni Junior remix has a clear techno vibe while Schooly’s Soulboy mix adds a gorgeous slower tempo piano and brass based vibe that will be a winner for the classic soul fans.

Keep On Lovin Me EP – available on Tony Records very soon

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