First Listen: DJ Fudge feat. Mani Hoffman – Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Full Remix) (Tejal)
Much has been said about the French touch back in the day, although so few about the various forms it embraced. One would most likely enthuze about Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar or Martin Solveig. But what about its deepest side with peeps such as Next Evidence or Playin’ 4 The City to name but a few?
Not that much in comparison, despite the undeniable quality of their productions. And among the latter, I would include Troublemen whom DJ Fudge gave birth to along with Bruno Banner…
Don’t wanna miss a thing… There you go with the opportunity to stick to talents you might have passed on at the time. If not discover here a producer who has an obvious sense of harmony and musicianship. With his original mix of ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ standing as a brilliant illustration to this. On a Bossa Jazz vein. And as we don’t want you to be missing a thing, we couldn’t pass on its remix. A rework courtesy of DJ Spen and Gary Hudgins, speaking of which, the first word coming to mind is softness. Therefore bringing it to another dimension. With Parisian singer Mani Hoffman reaching once more the upper heights…
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Living in Hong Kong, Frenchman DJ Fudge is one of the most versatile and prolific House music artists of his generation. In 1994, he along with Bruno Banner founded the band Savannah, dropping their first single, ‘Rumeurs’, soon after.
The adventure took a new turn the year after when they signed with Universal Records. There, they gained access to production equipment which allowed them to collaborate with Dawn Tallman and Mary J. Blige, releasing ‘What’s The Deal’ and ‘So Good To Me’.
Fast Forward to 1999, and the guys had become part of the highly influential French Touch. They gave birth to Troublemen, with their first hit being ‘Do It’. This release which was to become a dance floor anthem, quickly launched them among the most respected House music artists back then.
Always looking out for new projects, DJ Fudge created Afromento, and after releasing only two 12 inches, he got into the playlists of the top DJ’s with ‘Human Waves’.
By 2007, he started working with Defected Records and produced a long list of remixes, experimenting with a new sound and a new scene. In addition, he has released and remixed for many dance premier labels. From Purple Music to Hardsoul, Soulfuric and Stalwart to name a few.
Fudge also has his own label, Tejal Records. Tejal being a female first name of Indian origins which means “brilliance’. One might remember ‘Mechouga’, from his ‘Nightglows’ EP which Soulfuric licensed soon after with remixes courtesy of DJ Spen and Karizma. And how to not think of the outstanding ‘Call My Name’ featuring Mani Hoffman which he did in collaboration with Ezel back in 2012? And, more recently, of the infectious ‘Canto Para Elegua’ along with Cuban salsero Angel Yos???