Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Patti LaBelle – New Day (Louie Vega Dance Ritual Club Mix)

Classics: Patti LaBelle – New Day (Louie Vega Dance Ritual Club Mix) (Def Soul Classics)

The same question always goes back to mind whenever speaking of remixes. And even more when it comes to Dance remixes…
Why the hell is it that so many people seem to express like a negative view. And this, without even havin’ heard them? Is it to say an artist, whoever he/she is, should stick to the niche he/she made him/herself a reputation in?

As a matter of fact, there’s nothing new in this. With the same applying to most of the artists who went on to explore different territories along with time. People like Miles Davis or Herbie Hancock in the Jazz scene. But also Pop artists who’ve been flirting with Disco back in the day, like Chicago or The Hollies to name but a few. And the list goes on…

‘New Day’, the first single of Patti LaBelle‘s ‘Timeless Journey’ album, would be given an impressive set of Dance remixes back in 2004. And what a package with luminaries such as Darryl James, Quentin Harris and Louie Vega bringing it to another level…

Another proof as to how Patti LaBelle‘s voice stands as a universal vehicle. And this whatever her surrounding can be, beginning with House vibes. With Louie Vega comin’ up with another high standard of his. Darryl James delivering an alternative version also quite worth the check.

Missed it back then? Check this out and let us know what you think…

Philadelphia, PA-born Patti LaBelle got into singing while at high school. She then became a soloist with the Beulah Baptist Church Choir. While a teenager, she teamed up with Cindy Birdsong in The Ordettes. In the meantime, their friends, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash would be singing in The Del Capris. The two groups went on to merge forces as The Bluebelles to later become Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, then simply Labelle.

One will most likely remember Labelle for their cover version of ‘Lady Marmalade’ on Epic Records.. A song which first appeared back in 1974, by the likes of Eleventh Hour. It made quite a sensation with its sexually suggestive chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”. Some French words which translated into English, give something like as “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” Written by Kenny Nolan and Bob Crewe, it took its inspiration from the latter’s experiences in New Orleans and the sex workers in the area. It didn’t chart though. Crewe suggested it then to Allen Toussaint who decided to record it with Labelle soon after. With the rest being history…

By 1977, Patti LaBelle signed as a solo artist with Epic. She recorded 2 albums – ‘Patti Labelle’ and ‘Tasty’ – before hitting the Disco scene with producer Skip Scarborough on the memorable ‘Music Is My Way Of Life’. She would reach the status of a mainstream solo star in 1984 further to the success of the singles, “If Only You Knew”, ‘New Attitude’ and ‘Stir It Up’.

LaBelle gained extra following 2 years after with the release of ‘Winner In You’. An album featuring the #1 duet single ‘On My Own’ along with Michael McDonald. She would also collaborate with Grover Washington, Jr. takin’ the lead on ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’, from his 1982 eponymous album. And she also sang a couple of duets with Bobby Womack.

More recently (in 2004), she had a couple of gems – ‘More Than Material’ and ‘New Day’ – which received the remixing treatment of House heads. Not to mention ‘When You Smile’ along with Carlos Santana. A song which resurfaced the year after Fall Out Records, as brilliantly remixed by Darryl James and Fred McFarlane.

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