First Listen: The Lounge Lizards feat. Mike City – She’s The One (Original Mix) (Tribe Records)
There’s an intrinsic if not instinctual soul tessitura on the sweet and delightful ‘She’s The One’. Not that surprising considering the CV of Atlanta-based DJ/producer DJ Kemit. A name you might remember for his contribution to Arrested Development. But also as one half of production pair KemeticJust.
There, he teams up with Luke Austin as The Lounge Lizards. With both of them sharing an obvious inclination for classic Soul vibes. With the presence of Californian singer Mike City adding much to the feeling. As a result, I don’t think it will be an offence stating as to how there’s something of Osunlade on this jam. If not and most likely even more of Peven Everett.
Mind you, more than a rating X or Y which is per definition reductive, we’re speaking of Modern Soul of an undeniable standard. So please, make yourself a favor. Firstly, give it a listen. Secondly, forget about its categorization. Then thirdly, let us know how you feel…
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Not to be missed with the defunct avant-garde music group of the likes, The Lounge Lizards result from the reunion of two talents. On one side, DJ Kemit, once a member of Arrested Development, and also one half of KemeticJust. A man whom you might remember as well for his collaborations with Eric Roberson, Rich Medina or Heston. And on the other side, keyboardist Luke Austin who’s worked with Jill Scott and Tisha Campbell among others.
Luke and Kemit began creating music together after discovering they both shared the same enthusiasm for rare grooves, classic Soul, classic Chicago House, soulful House and Disco.
Mike City is probably best known for producing singles such as ‘Heard It All Before’ for Sunshine Anderson and ‘Full Moon’ for Brandy. Initially a songwriter and musician, City became a singer by trade and later a producer after needing an outlet for the songs he wrote.
“Working with Mike City has been a blessing and we felt that this was the right time to introduce our brand of soulful house to the masses”, says Kemit. “The Lounge Lizards and Mike City present ‘She’s The One’ for the world to dance to…”