Nite Til Dawn – Circle of Funk, Mike City

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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

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The Last Time – Sterling Void, Cleveland P Jones

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The Last Time – Sterling Void ft. Cleveland P. Jones

Sterling Void aka Duane Pelt is one of Chicago’s original House music artists, having produced House classic It’s Alright back in 1987 with Marshall Jefferson and Paris Brightledge on vocals. With such a long pedigree he has produced several artists over the years, and hits have included Let Loose The Light, Vibes, Rize, Serve It Up, Don’t Wanna Go and Runaway Girl to name a few.

Cleveland P. Jones is a vocalist from South Carolina, whose singing gift was discovered in church. His love of music grew, and he studied music and theatre at Morehouse College, Atlanta and Berklee College in Boston. He has a unique soulful jazzy sound, that came to real prominence in 2013 with his debut album Ace of Hearts. He has opened for Chaka Khan, and his original music has featured in the movies. The future looks very bright for this man who sings every note with his heart and soul.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, a label which showcases 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 , Taliwa, Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V, and the label continues to go from strength to strength with every new track.

The lyrics of “The Last Time” are about living every day as if it’s your last and making the most of every moment. Cleveland delivers the vocals with his trademark passionate soulful sound, really bringing the audience into the carefree mindset that by dancing your troubles away, you can forget the pressures of life and let the music take over. With the original mix, Sterling Void’s production gives the song a timeless classic feel with its grand piano focus and four to the floor beat.

From the UK’s North East, Frank Star brings a more chilled and jazzy flavour to the track, featuring a bumping bassline and percussion touches that will have the listener foot tapping from the opening bars, while Chicago House maestro Joe Smooth takes us to soulful heaven with his enchanting piano focused rendition.

 Talented UK DJ and producer Distant People (aka Joey Silvero) mixes it up with a warm gospel vibe, keeping the classic feel, but giving his mix a late night groove sensation that will melt the hearts of the club faithful.

This track brings together a wealth of talent and flair to give four distinct but complementary vibes that will enhance any DJ set this season. Enchanted by the message from Sterling Void and Cleveland P. Jones, we can let the music play, and dance the night away like it’s the last time – even though we know deep inside that we’ll be hearing this track for many years to come.

SUS031 The Last Time – Sterling Void ft. Cleveland P. Jones  – released on Slapped Up Soul – April 2018

Complex Emotions – Soulista, Tai Malone

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Complex Emotions – Soulista, Tai Malone

Italian based Soulista aka Sebastiano Di Filippo is a songwriter, composer, producer and remixer with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Recent releases include Jackpot Love and The Foundation, both released on the Double Cheese Label.

From the UK, Tai Malone is a vocalist, songwriter and producer who started singing in 2008. Tai is a master of many genres including Lovers Rock, Soul, House and UK Garage, and he has collaborated with several acts including Anita K, Ross Couch, Booker T, Steve Paradise, Quest and the Ragga Twins. He has performed live sets at premier London clubs including Ministry of Sound, Pache, O2 and Egg. Tai’s voice has graced many hit dance tracks – Make Me Say with Vittorio Santorelli, Taken Over with Booker T, and Reverie with Ross Couch to name a few. His signature soulful sound and versatility is quickly making Tai a significant name on the UK club scene.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, a label which now has more than 30 releases under its belt, and a label that is known for championing quality artists and talented musicians on the soulful dance music scene. Past releases include contributions from Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Circle of Funk , Taliwa, Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille, True2Life, An-Tonic, Louise Golbey and Mr V, and the label continues to make its mark in the music industry with every new release.

The lyrical storyboard of “Complex Emotions” tells the story of a man asking for love, support, and inspiration to help him deal with the challenging emotions that he is experiencing. Tai’s impassioned vocals draw the listener right in to the heart of the song, embracing the view that together we can inspire each other, and give each other strength both mentally and physically. Soulista’s skilful production provides a sublime backdrop, that mixes soulful and jazzy keys to give a beautiful and mesmerising texture to this heartwarming composition. The bonus Funkstramental mix brings an 80’s funky Chic-style vibe to the party that you can’t help but shimmy along with.

Complex Emotions is a song that will inspire us all to lift each other up, both in life and on the dance floor, a wonderful vision of togetherness that will harmonize deeply with the hearts of House Music lovers worldwide.

 SUS030 Complex Emotions – Soulista, Tai Malone – released on Slapped Up SoulMarch 2018

Love Warriors – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille

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Love Warriors  – Wipe the Needle ft Gary Bardouille

Wipe The Needle is the production brainchild of Lee Gomez and a name that keeps growing in stature in the dance music industry. Lee started the brand in 2005, and has gone from strength to strength over the years, combining quality vocalists with beautiful keys, mesmerising percussion and strong basslines to bring us the wonderful compositions that we have come to know and love. With more than fifty releases to his name, including touches of soulful, deep, dark and tech, every track brings a different Wipe the Needle vibe to the dance floor.

Wipe The Needle collaborations include vocalists Sheree Hicks, Dawn Tallman, Gregory Purnell, Xavier, Lifford, Alex Lattimore, and Taliwa to name a few. Also featuring on various labels including Defected, 4th Floor, Makin Moves, Chic Soul Music, Restless Soul, Deeply Rooted House, Raw Fusion, Groove Odyssey, Solid Ground, Broadcite, Slip n Slide, and Soundmen on Wax, it is clear that Wipe the Needle is an act that is very much in demand worldwide. Recent releases include Love and Experimental with Sheree Hicks, Kissing You with Lifford, and remixes of Come Over with Kelvin Sylvester and Al Copeland, and Raindance with Gershon Jackson and Rona Ray.

UK vocalist Gary Bardouille has been involved in the dance music scene with since 2000. This is his third collaboration with Wipe The Needle, previous releases include the Love Is EP on the Soundmen on Wax label and Love Again, also on Slapped Up Soul. Gary has created beautiful music with several talented artists including Luca Ricci, Tom Gianelli, the JTE Project, Leggz, Tommy Marcus and Villanova.

Love Warriors is released on Slapped Up Soul, a Bristol based label who are known for their quality diverse catalogue of innovative dance music. Always looking to showcase the best in vocal talent, previous Slapped Up Soul releases feature accomplished artists including Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Charlene Samms, Circle of Funk , Taliwa, Louise Golbey and Mr V, to name a few.

The lyrical storyboard of Love Warriors describes how the world could be a better place by everybody spreading love through friends and family, and by ‘raising an army of love warriors’. The beautiful concept of love being the ammunition to fight evil, and our hearts being the weapons to deliver love, this is a message that Gary conveys with real feeling, his warm, rich and soulful voice clearly perfect for this song.

Wipe The Needle’s funky bassline blended with gorgeous piano and a four to the floor beat, has a delightful carefree vibe. This is a song that you can play in the car with the top down on a balmy summer evening, and yet it is equally at home on a club dance floor. With quality emanating from every touch, Lee and Gary have created a wonderful tune that will touch the heart of listeners worldwide. This is the sweet anthem that can inspire all of us to be Love Warriors.

SUS029 Love Warriors – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille – released on Slapped Up Soul – December 2017

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What Ya Gonna Do – Taliwa, Circle of Funk

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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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Love Again – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille

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Love Again  – Wipe the Needle ft Gary Bardouille

Lee Gomez is the accomplished producer behind Wipe the Needle – a name that is synonymous with quality productions across a variety of genres, and showcasing some of the best vocal talents in the business. Wipe the Needle emerged on the scene in 2005, producing a diverse blend of House music sounds including vibes of soulful, deep, dark, and tech. Over the years, with more than fifty tracks released, Wipe the Needle is a name that unfailingly creates a buzz with the dance crowd, eagerly awaiting each new cut.

Wipe The Needle tracks have featured on various labels including Defected, 4th Floor, Restless Soul, Deeply Rooted House, Raw Fusion, Groove Odyssey, Solid Ground, Broadcite, Slip n Slide, and Soundmen on Wax. 2016 is already shaping up to be a stellar year for Lee with dance floor hits including Silky and Rise Up with Lifford, and Found You with Taliwa, plus the afro-influenced spoken word Listen Different with Tshaka Campbell. Lee has worked many other artists including Michael Proctor, Eddie Stockley, CT Martin, Pauline Henry, Xavier, Gregory Purnell, Circle of Funk, Soulful Session, Dawn Tallman, Fred Triplett, Alex Lattimore and Foremost Poets to name a few.

Gary Bardouille is a vocalist from the UK who has been gracing the dance music scene with his luscious vocals since 2000. He previously worked with Wipe The Needle in 2011 releasing the Love Is EP on the Soundmen on Wax label. He has also collaborated with talented artists including Luca Ricci, Tom Gianelli, the JTE Project, Leggz, Tommy Marcus and Villanova.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, a Bristol based label who support and promote the very best in new music. With a wide range of artists in their repertoire including Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Charlene Samms, Circle of Funk , Louise Golbey and Mr V, the label continues to gain momentum with each new release.

The lyrics of “Love Again” are about somebody who has emerged through the emotion and pain of a failed relationship and is now ready to try again. Gary’s beautiful soothing and soulful delivery depicts the hope and anticipation of a new connection that could be something really special, and he brings raw emotion to the track in an understated way that fits perfectly with the ambience of the song.

Wipe The Needle’s production with its trademark exquisite keys and well balanced percussion, draws on influences from the seventies, brought right up to date with every touch and sound carefully placed and measured. Lee and Gary have brought us another classic tune that everybody can identify with whether they are listening quietly, or grooving to the beat on the dance floor. Love Again – the perfect autumn sound to bring joy to our hearts.

SUS026 Love Again – Wipe The Needle, Gary Bardouille – released on Slapped Up Soul October 2016

Found You – Wipe The Needle, Taliwa

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Found You – Wipe the Needle ft Taliwa

London production maestro Lee Gomez is the talent behind Wipe the Needle – a name that has become one of the most respected acts on the UK music scene. Wipe the Needle came to the fore in 2005, making high quality House beats and mixing it up with vibes of soulful, deep, dark, and tech, to create a diverse blend of flavours. The productions were an immediate success and drew attention from many heavyweights in the business including Neil Pierce and Aaron Ross. Wipe the Needle productions have featured on various labels including Defected, 4th Floor, Restless Soul, Deeply Rooted House, Raw Fusion, Groove Odyssey, Solid Ground, Broadcite, Slip n Slide, and Soundmen on Wax. The WipeThe Needle brand has developed into one of the most exciting and polished production acts in the business, Lee’s quest for technical excellence shines through in every release.

Wipe The Needle productions include artists such as Lifford Shillingford, Michael Proctor, Eddie Stockley, CT Martin, Gary Bardouille, Pauline Henry, Michelle Weeks, Tshaka Campbell, Xavier, Gregory Purnell, Circle of Funk, Soulful Session, Dawn Tallman, Fred Triplett, Alex Lattimore and Foremost Poets to name a few.

Taliwa is an accomplished vocalist from London with a mature and rich singing voice. She conveys passion with every note and has many releases under her belt including the much loved ‘Music For My Sun’. She has been a regular performer at Beat Players and Deep Into Soul and is regularly in demand around the UK. Taliwa has worked with Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk (from Rhemi), Mangesto, Sy Sez, Sonny Fodera, Sean McCabe and Souldynamic to name a few, and this is her first collaboration with Wipe The Needle.

This release is on Slapped Up Soul, a Bristol based label who support and showcase innovative work from up and coming talented musicians that covers a variety of genres. With quality releases from artists including Lifford Shillingford, Robert Owens, Dawn Tallman, Circle of Funk , Louise Golbey and Mr V, the label continues to go from strength to strength.

The lyrics of “Found You” depict the joy and emotions that accompany the excitement when one finally realises that the person in their life is their true soulmate. Taliwa’s emotive interpretation emanates joy in the most beautiful, romantic and effortless way. Her voice has the clarity and brilliance of a diamond, the kind of voice that soothes the soul and originates deep within her heart.

Wipe The Needle’s production has a slight Afro influence to the percussion, exquisite keys, and a lively Latin House beat which will delight the dancers far and wide. The track is easy to listen to, compelling to dance to, and has a quintessential feel-good vibe.

This excellent release from Wipe The Needle and Taliwa is a beautiful combination of the best vocals matched with quality production. A wonderful joyous tune that will touch every listener’s heart and take them on a blissful journey of love and togetherness – just what House music is all about.

SUS025 Found You – Wipe The Needle, Taliwa – released soon on Slapped Up Soul