First Listen! Reel People feat. Lydia Harrell – I Ain’t Mad (Reel People Vocal Mix) (Reel People Music)
True to what has made their growing reputation along with time, Reel People bless us once again with the delightful ‘I Ain’t Mad’, meanwhile introducing us to Michigan native Lydia Harrell. A singer herself renowned as the co-winner of the Second Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Vocal Competition!
A brand new collaboration that looks set to lead to some more. Therefore resulting in a classy Soul/Funk joint enlightened with lush keys courtesy of Mike Patto over a rumblin’ bassline by the likes of Ernie McKone…
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– Lydia Harrell is one of Boston’s finest musical treasures. Her sultry, soulful voice and evocative songwriting have garnered her the attention and respect of the nation’s finest musicians and venues. Jazz/Soul is where her heart is. However, Lydia has shown an unbreakable ability to mold herself into any musical situation. Be it performing with the Boston Pops, serenading NBA fans with America’s National Anthem. Or lending her vocal talents to a chart-topping Deep House single ‘I Ain’t Mad’ by British record label, Reel People Music… Her dedication to extracting the pure essence of song goes virtually unmatched.
Lydia consistently performs in more than 150 shows a year. Not only as a solo act, but also in collaborations with other artists such as world renowned Jazz musician, Bobby Floyd and as one-half of the duo The Lady Parts with Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, Ryan Montbleau. Her most recent musical accolades include singing lead on a Bob Marley Tribute Album distributed by Sony Music Latin. Winning the 2nd Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Vocal Competition and performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY.
– Reel People mastermind Oli Lazarus has (definitely) come a long way. The first traces of him bring us back to the days when he was at the command of London-based Flying record store. This is where he would find the necessary food to jump into production work. Although he had no skills back then, be it in terms of songwriting as studio recording.
A good commander is the one who surrounds himself with the right people… This is exactly what he did prior to dropping his first release, ‘Spiritual’, back in 2001. For this to happen, he would come under the guidance of West London producer Phil Asher. But also recruit multi instrumentalist Nathan Haines and collaborate with Chilly Funk engineer Tom Davidson who became the second core member of Reel People. The tune would find a home on Papa Records, becoming its first ever release. Another single, ‘Reeltime’, soon followed and Reel People began to gain a reputation as a fresh new production outfit at the crossroad between House and Broken Beat.
Oli came across the talent of pianist Mike Patto with auditioning musicians for studio sessions. And this is how the latter became a permanent member of Reel People.
Working with Dyanna Fearon, Reel People began to take shape as a band as opposed to a studio-based outfit. This bringing jams such as ‘Butterflies, ‘Second Guess’ and more to life. Meanwhile the group grew up while integrating new regular collaborators such as Phil Asher, Seiji and Afronaught among others.
Reel People received extra support with Defected head Simon Dunmore licensing their ‘Second Guess’ debut-album. As a result, the critics raved and the DJ’s salivated. Then what readily became described as “the best British Dance album in years” brought much warranted attention to the group. And a tour would then follow…
From then, Reel People have established themselves as a driving force in the British scene. As a band, as remixers with both their labels (Papa Records and Reel People Music) synonymous with top quality music.