Nite Til Dawn – Circle of Funk, Mike City
Circle of Funk continue to push the envelope with their innovative sounds that blend jazz, disco, electronica, funk, soul and house with a deep and soulful background. Their roots 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. Never shy to try new sounds, the team have various projects on the go, and they continue to add to their catalogue of quality deep and soulful vibes featuring a variety of accomplished artists. Collaborations include Natasha Watts, Lifford, Mr V, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Taliwa, Charlene Samms, and they have also been in great demand for their remixes. This is their second partnership with Mike City, following on from the release of Rain or Shine last year.
US based Mike City is a singer-songwriter and producer from Philadelphia. He has been active in the music industry for more than two decades and is one of the most prolific artists on the House Music scene. Mike has produced some huge releases including Sunshine Anderson’s Heard It All Before and Brandy’s Full Moon. He is equally at home providing vocals, and has worked with several names including DJ Able, Ezel, Booker T, Soulfunktion, Adam Rios, Sean McCabe, Ian Friday, Dwele, Carl Thomas, Usher, Dave Hollister and many more. Mike was the vocalist on Just 2 C U Smile with Booker T in 2013, and he continues to go from strength to strength as one of the most respected names in the music industry.
This release is on Circle of Funk’s Slapped Up Soul, a label that really invests in its artists and showcases them to the world. With more than 30 releases under the Slapped Up Soul banner, the label continues to bring quality to the dance music industry. Past releases include contributions from Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Soulista, Tai Malone, Cleveland P Jones, Sterling Void, Dawn Tallman, Circle of Funk, Taliwa, Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V.
Nite Til Dawn has a relatively straightforward message – the lyrics are about going out, having fun, relaxing and dancing. It epitomises everything that the dance crowd like to do and Mike City’s signature lyrics take the listener right to the middle of the dance floor, helping them to get lost in the rich and soulful vibe.
Circle of Funk’s production with a strong bassline and is reminiscent of the original COF feel, deep and ethereal with a subtle touch of 80’s style keys, a late-night club feel and a general carefree ambience. With Nite Til Dawn it doesn’t take long to become spellbound by its effortless charm. The audience will find it irresistible to move to the infectious beat, and the vibe will transport us all to the warm and joyful nightlife that we live and breathe – from night until dawn.
SUS032 Nite Til Dawn – Circle of Funk, Mike City – released on Slapped Up Soul – June 2018