Classics: Olga Makovetskaya feat. Incognito – Got To Keep Moving On (Ski Oakenfull Remix) (Expansion House)
We recently enthused about Russian singer Olga Makovetskaya on these shores. Props are to be given to Jean-Paul Bluey Maunick of the Incognito fame for having established the connection with her.
As a result, the uplifting ‘Got To Keep Moving On’ is destined to get the Acid Jazz lovers under cloud 9. But not only! A joint which Dominic Ski Oakenfull slightly boosted with a House beat, although remaining true to its original spirit.
‘Got To Keep Moving On…’ That’s most likely the feeling when givin’ a listen to this. Another piece of classy music as a matter of fact. Just like one may expect from such a reunion of dedicated people. Don’t you think?
Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Paul ‘Tubbs’ Williams gave birth to Incognito as an offshot from Light Of The World back in 1979. From then, the group has collaborated with la crème de la crème of an ever boiling British groove scene.
Strangely enough, it took them 10 years to deliver the follow-up to their debut-album – ‘Jazz Funk’ – released back in 1981. But their recognition would be instant with the release of ‘Inside Life’. An album which featured the memorable ‘Always There’, ‘Crazy For You’ and ‘Can You Feel Me’. It also marked the start of a long relationship with Gilles Peterson‘s label. The latter eventually bringing Incognito‘s repertoire to new audiences with the help of remixers such as Masters At Work, Roger S and Carl Craig among others. This resulting in the rework of gems such as ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘Givin’ It Up’ and ‘Out Of The Storm’.
How to not remember neither of their brilliant participation to the 1994 ‘Stolen moments: Red Hot + Cool’ album issued on GRP? And more precisely of ‘Trouble Don’t Last Always’??? One of the best British Jazz/Funk compositions of all time which saw them jamming along with Carleen Anderson and Ramsey Lewis…
Under his own banner, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick delivered his debut-album – ‘Leap Of Faith’ – in March 2013. There, he brilliantly made the demonstration of his skills as a singer. Meanwhile as a producer, he has collaborated with artists such as Paul Weller and George Benson. Not to mention and Terri Callier and, more recently, Russian singer Olga Makovetskaya.