Full Support : Release Date 24th January 2014
Kenny Thomas & BKT : You Are In My System
2014 – Soul-Fi Records
Soulf-Fi Records kick off 2014 with a scorching set of remixes of ‘You Are In My System’, along with a brand new song ‘Burnin’ Up’ from legendary Soul singer, Kenny Thomas & BKT, enlisting the heavyweight skills of production duos, Spiritchaser and Soulfunktion.
The ‘Spritchaser Remix’ adopts a chunky deep vibe armed with bubbling bass stabs and hypnotic synth washes, whilst the mighty new ‘Burnin’ Up’ comes armed with an infectious key hook that plays off against Kenny’s looped vocals to rock the big room.
BTK also add a new spin on ‘You Are In My System’, dipping their toes into an 80’s synth bank and delivering a classy slab of dance floor soul, whilst Soulfunktion inject their signature soulful vibes, creating a warm deep groove for the heads.
Kenny Thomas is multi-platinum selling artist who dominated the commercial, soul and album charts in the 90’s. By the time he was 23 he had been nominated for 2 Brit Awards, shared the stage with such luminaries as Edwin Starr, Freddie Jackson, Kool & The Gang, Incognito, Mica Paris, Lalah Hathaway, and Lonnie Liston Smith and was a regular on TOTP! Then, on the eve of the release of his third studio album he decided, in his own words “to get off of the commercial treadmill, take some time out to take stock and then eventually get back in the studio writing and recording songs for the subsequent albums ‘Crazy World’ and ‘Breathe’… Kenny’s debut album, ‘Voices’, went platinum in its first week and went on to sell over double platinum in the UK alone, spawning 4 hit singles, ‘Outstanding’, ‘Thinking About Your Love’, ‘Best of You” and ‘Tender Love”. Then came his second album, ‘Wait For Me’, which also offered up a slew of hits including ‘Stay’ and ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’.
Brian Keys Tharme and Kenny Thomas first began producing together in the early 2000’s, before Brian hung up his production tools. In 2012, Brian and Kenny decided to renew their musical partnership. Then recently Kenny played his version of ‘You Are In My System’ and asked if Brian would like to remix it. The ‘Soulfunktion Deep Summer Vocal Mix’ led Kenny to re-vocal what was a down tempo funky version, into a Soulful House version.
SoulFunktion is a collaboration between London based DJ Wally Walton and UK House producer Brian Keys Tharme. First having worked together in the 90s on releases for a variety of labels including Sweat, Narcotic and Catch Records, the boys are now back together with a host of hot new productions and releases on their own label including SoulFunktion feat FAMA ‘Tease Me’ and ‘Do It To Me’ among many others.
Spiritchaser duo Mark Bamford & Richard Earnshaw first started producing electronic music together during in the late 90’s. The music they create is a true representation of the mutual love & understanding for deep, progressive, emotive house & dance music. Their very first production, a remix of Deep Architecture “The Realm” (2001) on Niche Blue was a big success and not long afterwards their debut release “In Your Hands” (2001). Spiritchaser have remixed for a number of Major Record Labels & Artists including Dido (BMG), Nina Jayne (BMG), Jody Wisternoff (Way Out West), Dave Storm (Ceremony), Rasmus Faber, Hardsoul, Ross Couch (Bodyrhythm), Sebastian Davidson, Marco Del Horno and many others. whilst consistently releasing top quality, influential records often through their home grown independent label Guess Records.
Upcoming releases on Soul-Fi include Cartier ‘Love That You Need’ including Richard Earnshaw, Franke Estevez, Sunlightsquare Remixes for 2014.
Bon sang de bonsoir, voila une excellente promo qui a bien failli me passer sous le nez !
La faute au label qui m’avait malencontreusement retiré de sa promo list.
Heureusement les vœux de début d’année nous ont permis de reprendre contact et de s’apercevoir que je n’avais pas reçu le dernier Kenny Thomas, à venir très prochainement sur Soul-Fi.
Ce nouvel opus est produit par Brian « Keys » Tharme des SoulFunktion, un duo dont je vous ai déjà parlé plusieurs fois sur Mix Collectors.
Brian retrouve d’ailleurs son ami Wally Walton pour deux remixes de qualité.
Le SoulFunktion Deep Summer Vocal Mix:star: qui reste mon préféré, met parfaitement en valeur la voix de Kenny Thomas avec une instrumentation dans le style UK Garage, et riche en effets.
Le BKT Deep Soul Mix est quant à lui plus contemporain dans ses sonorités, empruntant des éléments à la pop et la new-wave, je trouve.
You Are In My System sort aussi avec deux excellentes versions de Richard Earnshaw et son acolyte Mark Bamford.
Leur Spiritchaser Remix:star: est comme d’habitude truffé de pads et autres synthés deep et planants. Un style underground qui a fait ses preuves à maintes reprises.
Les deux compères officient aussi sur Burnin’ Up, un excellent dub vocal reprenant des éléments vocaux du refrain et qui devrait faire fureur en soirée avec ses sons triturés aux fx’s.
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