Circle Of Funk feat. Dawn Tallman : Healer

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Best Release Of The Month : Release Date 15th September 2014

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Circle Of Funk feat. Dawn Tallman : Healer

2014 – Slapped Up Soul

Circle Of Funk feat. Dawn Tallman : Healer


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Healer is the eighteenth release from the Slapped up Soul label.

Bristol and London based production team Circle of Funk – Lee Robinson, Paul Stephenson, Andy Caulfield and Daniel Ankrah – are emerging as one of the most exciting production teams in the UK. The boys have recently worked with quality artists including Lifford, Natasha Watts, Robert Owens, Mr V, and Soulful Session and are steadily crafting an impressive collection of noteworthy musical productions. Never afraid to change things up, they are quietly and proficiently producing rare gems of distinctive music that provide an interesting and innovative backdrop to the established acts on the scene.

This time they have teamed up with the Queen of Gospel Energy – Dawn Tallman. Dawn is from Danbury, Connecticut and developed her talent in church from a very young age. She has a big powerful sound in the A- league of soulful songstresses, comparable to Chaka Khan and Oleta Adams, while retaining her own unique trademark sound. Watching her perform is a joy as she effortlessly delivers her vocals with passion, vibrancy and energy. Dawn has travelled far and wide bringing delight to audiences the world over, and is now a well-respected act in the sphere of Gospel music.
The lyrics of “Healer” tell the tale of somebody offering compassion and understanding, to soothe the troubled mind of a loved one. The focus is on sharing worries and troubles, and speaking from the heart, as a healing therapy for both body and mind.
Circle of Funk’s perfectly crafted production with its rolling beat and cleverly placed keys, takes the listener on a ride into bewitching deepness, providing an atmospheric minimalistic platform for Dawn’s strong lyrical delivery. She controls her vocal gift with consummate ease and expertise, providing the listener with musical therapy for the soul.

Wipe the Needle are an established heavyweight production duo who go from strength to strength with every release. Their remix brings a solid Soulful House beat to the party with jazzy keyboards, a sublime gospel edge and a feel good dance vibe that is sure to bring any crowd to life.
Uplifting, soothing, delightful and inspirational, this track has all of the elements that will move and captivate listeners worldwide.


Manutek’s Review

Après Robert Owens, Lifford Shillingford, Natasha Watts, les anglais de Circle Of Funk s’offrent la collaboration précieuse de Dawn Tallman pour leur nouvelle production, Healer.

Ais-je besoin de vous dire que je suis un fan inconditionnel de Dawn Tallman.. je ne me souviens pas d’un de ses titres qui m’ait déçu.

Elle fait partie de ces divas Soulful dont la voix caractéristique, profonde et grave, s’adapte à toutes les productions. Dans sa fiche promo, le label compare la voix de Dawn à celle de Chaka Khan ou Oleta Adams… je suis assez d’accord pour le côté « performance » et « énergie » qu’elle met dans ses interprétations.

Le COF Original Mix donne justement une large place à la prestation de Dawn, avec une instrumentation minimaliste, assez deep et planante par moment, inluant quelques fx’s sympathiques. La rythmique est assez discrète, ce qui permet de renforcer encore la partie vocale, puissante et claire. Très bonne version.

Venons-en maintenant au remix des Wipe The Needle
Dieu sait le nombre d’excellentes productions signées par le duo Lee Gomez & Mikael Nybom, mais là… ils se sont surpassés…. Leur version est absolument ENORME dans le travail de l’instrumentation, l’intensité du mix sur près de dix minutes… 10/10 !!!

Je ne peux que me repasser le Wipe The Needle Remix:star::star::star: en boucle, encore et encore… en augmentant le bouton du volume à chaque fois qu’arrive la partie d’orgue hammond… quel régal !

Ce dernier mix finit de qualifier Healer au titre de meilleure release du mois de Septembre. Grandiose !

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