Monday, October 23, 2017

10 essential Blaze productions…

10 essential Blaze productions10 essential Blaze productions… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how House Music (Garage) would definitely not have sounded the same without the precious contribution(s) of Blaze
With their protagonists, Kevin Hedge, Josh Milan and (in the early days) Chris Herbert brilliantly displaying the variety of their influences. From Stevie Wonder to Earth, Wind & Fire. But also Gospel, African, Latin and Jazz vibes in a way that became a signature synonymous with upper quality music. Serving as the ideal vehicle to express countless ideas. From love to dedication to the other. But also the celebration of life as a gift of the creator. Not to mention the inner search of meanings to elevate ourselves as human beings to name a few…

As a result, many are the gems we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would definitely have deserved a mention. No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive though, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of versatile gems where the soulfulness of the groove predominates…

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome.

10 essential Blaze productions… / Blaze – Lovelee Dae (Simplex Records)
The fact that ‘Lovelee Dae’ saw the light on many different labels and under different remixes pretty much helped Blaze‘s music to reach different crowds. With no offense intended to those who happened to rework it, nothing would beat the original though. As rare are the ones to the exception of Swag on ‘My Beat’ (see therafter) or Timmy Regisford who managed to do better than them at the end…
10 essential Blaze productions… / Blaze – How Deep Is Your Love (Shelter Vocal Remix) (Shelter Records)
If ever someone had a deep connection with Blaze, this has been Timmy Regisford who eventually signed their debut-album on Motown when he was A&Ring for the label. Besides, seeing Kevin and Josh as regulars of Timmy‘s Shelter parties at the vinyl was most likely a part of the ceremonial back then. As a result, no wonder why nor how Regisford came to bring his own renditions of some of their gems. Eventually givin’ a rhythmic boost to the blowing ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ back in 2001…
10 essential Blaze productions… / Blaze – Found Love (West End)
Another brilliant illustration of Blaze‘s versatility. With the uplifting ‘Found Love’ seeing them venturing into Bossa Jazz territories back in 2004. Meanwhile reachin’ a rare level of deepness in terms of both musical and vocal arrangements. Givin’ its title 3 years later to their CD Mix compilation of the likes on their Blaze Imprints label, it also fully demonstrates the timelessness of their music. Don’t you think?
10 essential Blaze productions… / Blaze – Lovely Ones (Life Line)
Japanese labels such as Flower Records or Life Line most likely became the home of some of the most beautiful pieces of music back by the end of the 90’s /early 2000’s. With deepness becoming their main keyword. As a result no wonder how Joe Claussell and Blaze‘s music met such a positive response on the Japanese scene. With the hedonistic ‘Lovely Ones’ in a… deep ‘N jazzy vein, standing as one of its most vibrant illustrations…
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