Tuesday, March 27
Thursday, March 22
Innerside (Joe Claussell and Blaze remixes)
Here is the repressing of one Body & Soul classic! These mixes still sounding so good that I dare to say we are facing a timeless peace of music here. Love is alive on the innerside!
Love Can Damage Your Health
Love Can Damage Your Health (Abicah Soul & D. F. remix)
All the deep heads out there have reason to celebrate: “Love Can Damage Your Health" (Abicah Soul & Dennis Ferrer remix) is finally released on Dennis Ferrer's Objektivity imprint. Angela McCluskey is the angel behind that performance, Stax did the remix and Dennis Ferrer reworked it, focused on the bassline. Deeeeeep.
sample > Love Can Damage Your Health (Abicah Soul & Dennis Ferrer remix)
Til The Cops (Shelter vocal)
Take a minute from your time… imagine one of the finest synth lines you have heard from Timmy Regisford and Quentin Harris, the typical beats and a good song to apply their Shelter treatment… what do you get? A bomb! Get your record before "The Cops Come Knockin"...
sample1 > Shelter instrumental
sample2 > Shelter vocal
We are a family
Family (roots vocal mix)
Sony Urban / Columbia
sample > Roots Vocal Mix
It's more than you, it is more than me,
No matter what we are, we are a family.
This dream is for all of us,
This one can be real,
And you can't stop us now,
Because of how ya feel.
It's more than you, it is more than me.
Whatever dreams we have, they're for the family.
We're not alone anymore, now there are others there,
And that dream's big enough for all of us to share.
So don't think you're going,
You're not going anywhere,
You're staying and taking your share,
And if you get afraid again, I'll be there.
We are a family, like a giant tree,
Branching out toward the sky,
We are a family, we are so much more
Than just you and I.
We are a family like a giant tree,
Growing stronger, growing wiser,
We are growing free.
We need you
We are a family.
Wednesday, March 21
DeeperSoul Interview - Studio Apartment
The Studio Apartment core duo, dj/producer Masanori Morita (Masa) and keyboard player Noboru Abe (Abe), are masters in the combination of Jazz, Soul, Latin, Afro and Brazilian grooves with Electronic Music. The single "Fantasma", from their debut album "Paraiso Terrestre", got a well-deserved attention by Gilles Peterson, which have launched them to the world. “Flight”, from the 2nd album, got a memorable remix by Frankie Feliciano and was a house anthem. In 2005 they have released their 3rd album called "People To People” and definitely got a general acclamation.
(Masa) I was a vocalist in a rock band and later I started djing when I was at the university. I started to produce music naturally, as a logical progression.
What’s your music background? Which artists have influenced you the most?
(Abe) My music background starts from Punk, Blues, Soul and Jazz and goes to House music. The most influential artist is Stevie Wonder… I was impressed by his songs and his greatness.
In your music we can find an amalgamation of genres, from Latin jazz to soul, not to mention the Brazilian grooves. Do you actually think in combining various genres or it just happens naturally?
Basically, it just came naturally. However, we had rough ideas or images before recording.
You have already 3 albums on your belt and many tracks/songs resulted from collaborations with session musicians and an impressive list of vocalists, including Stephanie Cooke, Joi Cardwell, Terrance Downs, Monique Bingham, Kenny Bobien, among others. How grateful are these experiences for you?
We've never expected to be able to collaborate with so great artists a couple years ago, but now we are having fun to work with them. These collaborations made Studio Apartment's tracks change, mixing with each artist's colour. We think it was inspiring to get ideas that we didn't have.
Recently, you have worked with two house music legends, Josh Milan & Kevin Hedge (Blaze). Can you tell us how was the producing process of “The Rising Sun”?
Firstly, we had made the rhythm on the track and when Blaze came to Japan for their gigs, we worked together in studio. Josh and Kevin recorded some vocals and keyboards and we put some sounds and arrangements on it.
Nowadays, we see Electro and 80's sound influencing many House productions. Do you think that, in order to move on in house music, producers have to always look back?
We think it is one of the ways to produce House music. Looking to the past sometimes inspires and gives us new ideas. We hope this is a way to improve our music production.
(Abe) I like 'Flight' which gave us a big step to the world.
If you had the opportunity, with whom would you like to work with?
(Abe) This is one of my dreams - I'll be happy if we could work with Steive Wonder and Raul Midon.
Your favourite tracks of the moment?
If we look into your cd player right now, what kind of music/artists we would see?