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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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