First Listen: David Anthony feat. Beverlei brown – I Don’t Know (Manoo Remix) (Quantize Recordings)
The opening track from the aptly titled ‘Afrosentials’ compilation released last October. ‘I Don’t Know’ is therefore given a new life under the form of this boiling rework.
French DJ producer Manoo is in absolute top form. Something you can tell when listening to this definitive masterpiece featuring Beverlei Brown‘s mesmerizing soulful tones. With the whole layered over a bubbling African House rhythm pattern… And enlightened with sparkling keys and a stunning part of harmonica dancing on a simple yet irresistible bassline.
“I don’t know”, she (Beverlei Brown) sings. Although one can definitely tell this reunion of talents does, don’t you think???
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– From early 90’s David Anthony has been knee deep into the US sound. First picking up with the vibe of Detroit his real love coming from the soulful sound of New York. Spear headed by the legendary Tony Humphries.
David teamed up with Anthony Baugh to start Vice Versa. A label which went on to be one of the UK’s leading underground Dance imprints of its times. He soon found his music was being played and aired on major radio stations and night clubs. Using the alias’s Device and Devibes, they produced over 35 releases having much success.
Starting to branch out licensing deals began to flow. Azuli Records picked up Michael Watford‘s ‘Coming Home’ along with Fayleine Brown‘s ‘You Know I Missed you’ and ‘Joy’. Licensing also followed with StrongHouse, Freetown Records and Public Demand.
Through the success of Vice Versa Records they quickly moved into the remix arena working for the majors (SDA was launched as another production name). These included Polydor, Universal and Ministry of Sound.
Early 2001 David launched HiLife Records which was a reflection of the market change from vinyl to MP3. He worked with Kathy Brown, Lisa Millett and Aleyshia Lei. And he also did remixes for Code Red, Universe Media and Liquid Deep.
Time has gone since with 2016 seeing Anthony releasing the aptly titled ‘Emotive’ long player on Quantize Recordings. An album where he collaborated with an impressive line-up of artists such as Sheree Hicks, Lisa Millett, and Byron Stingily. And also Rescue Poetix, Tasha LaRae and Beverlei Brown among others.
– Born in August 1974, Manoo began his career 21 years later in Lyon. His musical culture at this time included a wide range of styles, from Hip-Hop to Afrobeat and more specifically House Music.
He built himself a strong reputation as a DJ, and more precisely for his capacity to dig out hot and exclusive tracks. In 1996, he became resident of the Ambassade Club, known in France for having amazing sets and regularly hosting famous DJ’s.
As a producer/remixer, his signature is synonymous with a unique style which finds its source in his early influences.