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Dwongo House producer – DJ Dougie Dee hails from South London, and he has achieved his dream job by working full time in the music business as both a sound engineer and producer. His love of music stemmed from watching Top of the Pops as a youngster and listening to the reggae music that his mum played, as well as being introduced to imported US hip hop tapes by a neighbour. Dougie composed the music for his school play aged 9, learned to play drums at the age of 11, and started producing tracks at the age of 14. He would cannily test the waters by playing the tracks anonymously to his friends to gauge their reactions, and later in life he taught himself to play keyboards.
In the late 90’s Council Records signed Dougie, having heard his jungle/drum and bass productions and this was a turning point for him. Dougie’s preferred genres have always been old school jungle, drum and bass and house music although he does enjoy rap, reggae, rock and soul.
Dougie and Dwongo House partner Lenny Hooper were childhood friends who reunited as a duo in recent years. Lenny wanted to start up as a DJ and Dougie helped, encouraged and supported him. As a team, Dougie specialises in composition and production while Lenny demonstrates his skills as a DJ (DJ Lennessy) on radio.
The Dwongo House label (originally called the House of Dwongo) has featured releases from Kasia, MC Creed, Alix, and Dyana Divas amongst others. The label has been supported by many top DJs including Sy Sez and DJ Pioneer. Dwongo House music has also featured at worldwide events including the Winter Music Conference in Miami.
Talk to Me is a track where the inspiration came organically to Dougie. Singer and talented songwriter Alix caught Dougie’s attention via a friend of the family. He arranged to meet her and knew instantly that her voice would suit the vibe of the track .
Talk To Me, on the Sandisco label, is an effervescent house vibe that will have you moving from the opening bars. The infectious pulsating beat, catchy piano riff, and Alix’s accomplished soulful vocals make this track a surefire club favourite.
The Talk to Me package also includes 3 remixes, the Deeper Underground mix has an atmospheric deep afro house vibe, the D-Dyer mix has a deep and funky garage inspired feel, while the UK funky mix has funky piano stabs with a bright snare groove. This makes for a package of 4 quality tracks that has something to suit every taste and
Constantly inspired as they go from strength to strength, Dougie and Lenny have a lot more music up their sleeves for the Dwongo House label, and they hope to grow and evolve into a worldwide force in the dance music arena.
For more info see the Sandisco Recordings website
Eric Roberson – B-Sides, Features & Heartaches
Eric Roberson, sometimes known as Erro comes from New Jersey, USA and is an accomplished singer, songwriter and producer. A Howard University graduate in the field of Music Theatre, he has been active on the R&B music scene since the 1990’s, releasing his first single ‘The Moon’ in 1994, and has subsequently released several albums, having had most success with Mr Nice Guy in 2011. Eric has worked with prominent artists including Jill Scott, Dwele, Carl Thomas, Osunlade, DJ Spinna and DJ Jazzy Jeff to name a few, and has written songs and provided backing vocals for many others. Eric established his own label Blue Erro Soul in 2001 and has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category for the songs ‘A Tale of Two’ and ‘Still’. He regularly performs live, where he chats and builds a great rapport with his audience in between songs with his entertaining interludes. He is appreciated by many fans worldwide and is one of the most respected independent artists in the music industry.
B-Sides, Features & Heartaches is an album of previously unreleased material, hidden gems that should have appeared on previous albums, but somehow did not make the cut. This just goes to show how prolific Eric is with so much incredibly good material in reserve. Where many artists may struggle to find enough good quality tracks to fill an album, Eric has an abundance to choose from and each album track selection must pose a real dilemma for him.
‘Let Me Know’ opens the album and is a soulful groove featuring Angela Johnson, The track has a 70’s feel and takes you back to the day, a little reminiscent of funky vibe of the era.
‘Postcards from the Edge’ is an atmospheric hip hop track featuring Washington singer and poet Wes Felton, and is about the life of a travelling artist missing the comforts of home and family life. This track is definitely one of the focal points of the album and will have widespread appeal.
Another pick of the album is ‘Butterfly Girl’ a smooth, inspirational collaboration with DJ Spinna (known for his House and Hip-hop production skills). Eric’s vocal talents shine through in this track which will have you tapping along to the beat, with keyboard and percussion nuances really adding interesting touches to the production.
‘Touch’ features the dreamy vocals and harmonies of South Carolina songstress Collette, as well as the talents of jazz flautist Monet, and is a slow soulful groove for the lovers.
‘Anymore’ is a Hip-hop/Soul fusion track about a couple who have lost the way in their relationship and is a heartfelt lamentation of lost passion.
Far Away Girl features the velvet vocals of Maryland singer/songwriter Aaron Camper , with a gentle guitar melody and is another soulful love song.
‘Fantasy’ is a slow, Nu-soul lovers groove with a broken beat which really showcases Eric’s vocal talents to the max.
‘She was Fly’ features the production talents of Netherlands producers Full Crate and Mar and features interesting percussion with rippling keys, the dream-like ambience making this another album speciality.
‘This could be the Night’ is a collaboration with Detroit musician and producer Zo! (Lorenzo Ferguson) and is an infectious smooth tune which will get you moving along with the beat.
‘Deja-Vous’ featuring innovative French afro duo Les Nubians is quite different from the rest of the tracks on the album. The vocals are a mix of French and English and the track combines a range of genres – Jazz, Nu soul, Afro, Funk and Samba making it quite unique.
‘Be a Humanitarian’ is a motivational track (which could easily be a ‘Live Aid’ anthem) about making a difference in the world with kindness to others and features vocals from Angela Johnson, Gordon Chambers and Kelli Sae amongst others.
‘Games’ is a dance track from Japanese producer M-Swift (Shouhei Matsushita), with Eric’s velvet vocals providing a silky backdrop to the bouncy disco bassline.
‘Fortune Teller’ comes from Atlanta producer DJ Kemit, the percussion giving it a deep Latin Afro feel with a broken beat .
B-Sides, Features & Heartaches is a vibrant mixture of songs covering a range of styles and moods. Every track exudes quality which is not surprising considering the combination of respected performers that have contributed to this production. The continuation of his impressive performances and compositions confirms what a hugely talented performer Eric Roberson is.
B-Sides, Features & Heartaches is out now on Blue Erro Records
By Eric Roberson @IAmEricRoberson
Legendary production duo Kevin Hedge and Josh Milan, formerly known as Blaze, can look back at an impressive catalogue of production and remixes, many of which have been released on the legendary KingStreet label. Not only that, Blaze have been involved with the label right from the start - they remixed the very first release ("Beat freak" by Loop Trick featuring Maria) and produced the second and third release ("Changes" by Althea McQueen and "It works for me" by Blaze featuring Sabrynaah Pope) on the label. This breathtaking retrospective collection features not less than thirty handpicked classics from their time with the label, including aforementioned tunes as well as many of other unforgettable originals such as "Seasons of love", "Jump 4 love" and "Shine", and remixes such as "Hold on" by 95 North featuring Sabrynaah Pope, "Love's been right here" by Stephanie Cooke & Kenny Bobien and "Breaking down" by Ananda Project. And of course, songs from their critically acclaimed LIFEbeat benefit compilation "Keep hope Alive" are included as well. Blaze have since gone their separate ways, beyond the shadow of a doubt they are an integral part of the legacy of house music.
Pick of the Week: Mannix featuring Dina Vass "Standing right here" (Disco Remixes)(Favouritizm Records CD Promo)
Back in September of last year, we were celebrating the phenomenal cover version of Melba Moore's Disco classic "Standing right here" (released in 1977 on the legendary Buddah label) by Austrian DJ/producer Mannix, now this musical gem which features awe-inspiring vocal stylings by Dina Vass returns to the dance floor in a grandiose disco/boogie remix package. First up legendary John Morales (M+M Productions) adds his magic touch, delivering classy a NY Disco inspired re-imagination. Next Timmy Vegas contributes a stellar 80's infused boogie-esque interpretation, and finally Eighteez Ladeez (aka Urbs) completes the package with his contemporary somewhat trashy Nu-Disco re-rub guaranteed to rock the bigger rooms.
In the Spotlight: Kultissime featuring Linda Lee Hopkins "Take me back" (Big Box Recordings 12" Vinyl/CD Promo)
DJ Franz and songstress Linda Lee Hopkins bless us with "Take me back", an inspiring tribute to the legendary Paradise Garage resident DJ and pioneer of house music, the one and only Larry Levan. Quite simply this marvelous production takes you on a blissful trip down memory lane as the infectious funked soaked groove, beautiful jazzy saxophone, grand horn section, illustrious keys and Linda Lee Hopkins' captivating vocals bring back memories and good feeling from the golden era of dance music. Not to forget to mention the outstanding remixes by Bibi and Aliwud which take the song to a whole new level. A musical gem by no means to be missed.