Tennerz: Adam Rios feat. Mike City – We Keep Going (Tyrone Francis BNY Vocal Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
Here we have the ingredients to get ‘We Keep Rocking’ a definitive essential for the start of this new year. From in-demand singer Mike City‘s performance. To Tyrone Francis‘s approach to create the perfect balance on this production by the likes of Adam Rios. Francis comin’ up with a sharp rhythm pattern that seems more or less inherited from Tech House. Meanwhile spicing up the whole with stellar keys progressively turning jazzy. But also deep synths parts in the background. Therefore adding like a sweet strength if not enhancing the conviction of the lyrics…
‘We Keep Rocking…’ Just what it says!
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Philadelphia, PA native Michael Flowers first came to fame back in 1999 while writing and producing ‘I Wish’ for Carl Thomas. Suggested to collaborate with Sunshine Anderson by a friend of his who’d heard her singing in the cafeteria line at North Carolina Central University, he became her mentor. Eventually co-writing and producing the memorable ‘Heard It All Before’ for her 2 years later.
A quick check at the man’s discography brings the opportunity to realize the consistancy of his contribution since the early 90’s. Working with an impressive array of luminaries. From Usher, Bilal and Nate Dogg. To Brandy, Dwele, Rihanna and Gerald Levert to name a (very) few. Meanwhile he would keep on ear on the House Music production. Eventually becoming a die hard fan of Ten City that would get him to change his moniker as a wink to them.
Surprisingly enough, he only released one album – ‘City Limits’ back in 1998 – as an artist during all these years. Resurfacing in the mid 2010’s while sharing the duties with producers such as Mark Francis (‘I Need Your Love’) and Booker T. But also Adam Rios (‘We Keep Going’), Ian Friday and Sean McCabe. Not to mention Earl Tutu & John Khan (‘Everybody Needs Somebody’, ‘Lately We’). And The Lounge Lizards (‘She’s The One’) more recently. With the good news being Mike is on his way to release ‘The Feel Good Agenda’ on BBE. An album – his second – that boasts cameo appearances from artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Dwele (on ‘I Rock Wit U’), Carl Thomas and Junior. And, last but not least, Faith Evans on its first offshot – ‘When I Luv’ – with remixing work courtesy of Kenny Dope.
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