Tennerz: Hallex M featuring Darien – Feeling (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) (Groove Odyssey)
“I got the feeling that you could be the one…” Looking back at this gem, I suppose it could have deserved a welcome in our 10 essential 2016 tracks. It didn’t get our full attention back then though. With the main reason being the fact that we were into the early steps of our migration process at the time.
Better late than never to give it a mention… With DJ Spinna givin’ us the opportunity to repair this injustice with this rework of his. Once again, the feeling of evidence prevails. As if the latter had appropriated this gem for himself. Bringing it to another galaxy while givin’ it his signature approach.
Here we obviously have people for whom (quality) music has a meaning. And this is most definitely something one can feel when givin’ a listen to this beautiful joint.
Forget about the ratings (Soulful House), as ‘Feeling’ goes way beyond this. Havin’ all the elements to get your following if into warm and classy Dance Music soundabytes.
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– Darien Dean is an artist with a purpose. Hailing from Mount Vernon, NY, he burst onto the scene with alluring vocals and a distinctive stage presence. As a result, no wonder how he became a staple in the Big Apple Soul music circuit. Regularly playing at venues such as Joe’s Pub, SOB’s and the Blue Note.
He mosty likely made his first classes along with Hip-Hop group The Colab by the end of the 90’s. Maturing his experience as both a singer, an MC and a dancer. But also developing his abilities as a producer, arranger and engineer. As many efforts which allowed him to craft an authentic approach to contemporary songwriting.
Darren got to international recognition after the release of ‘Alibi’ along with Reel People back in 2008. ‘If These Walls Could Talk’, his debut-album, met critical success receiving accolades such as SoulTracks.com 2009 “New Artist of the Year”. His spirited musical style earning him a coveted spotlight at the 2010 Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba. Eventually opening for Mary J. Blige.
The man has captured the interest of industry executives and enamored the Capital Jazz Festival audience. He earned the Budweiser Superfest 2010 Battle for the Crown of New York and ultimately the Grand Champion of the competition. His humble, yet star studded rise to fame placing him amongst the honorable ranks of Soul super heavyweights. Therefore adding his name to those of luminaries such Kem, Anthony Hamilton or Raheem DeVaughn.
2011 saw him teamin’ once again with Reel People on ‘Sure’. Meanwhile, the release of ‘All In Me’ along with Angela Johnson would lead to a Japanese tour. He eventually joined Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band the year after. Eventually takin’ the centerstage on ‘Where The Lights Meet The Music’.
More recently, in 2016, he joined forces with Hong Kong-based French DJ/producer Hallex M. Both of them delivering the soothing ‘Feeling’. A cut which DJ Spinna would give his instantly identifiable touch to a few months later.
Darien’s avant-garde delivery of timeless music with provocative social themes demands a rooted footing in the genre of Soul Music. “Music is my purpose and I create knowing the responsibility that commands…”, he states. Currently putting the finishing touches to his most ambitious project yet. A 3 CD album entitled ‘Notes From The Journey’…
– Hallex M first established himself as an event promoter in Bordeaux, France. His DJing activities, which he started back in 1996, led him into producing his own music in 2007. Back then, he delivered 2 remixes for Jellybean Benitez’s Jellybean Soul label. The first – ‘Won’t Stop’ – for dunnEasy featuring Monique Bingham. And the second – ‘Summer Knights’ – for dunnEasy featuring Kenny Bobien. Therefore opening a series of collabs with artists such as Marisa Guzman, DJN Project and DJ Fudge. Not to mention Peven Everett, Omar or Myles Bigelow.
Now residing in Hong Kong, he set up his own label – United Music Records – back in 2008. Hallex is currently in studio working on a full-length album. A soulful-oriented package due to see the light on Groove Odyssey Records.