Classics: Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Classic Club Mix) (Arista)
Unless havin’ spent the last 30 years of so on a desert island or hailin’ from another planet, chances are great you’ve heard (of) ‘Where Love Lives’.
As a matter of fact, ‘Where Love Lives’ is a pivotal track. For Alison Limerick who would score her biggest success ever with it. But also for Lati Kronlund. A studio guru who made his first appearance in the circuit back in 1990. This at a period when the Swedish scene reached one of its peaks productionwise with people such as Sten Stonebridge, Ian Ekholm (Clubland) and Titiyo among others. With the whole comin’ up as as many fragments of what used to be called Nordik Beat.
Kronlund produced Papa Dee‘s ‘Thrill Night’ on local label Telegram. This before reachin’ the upper heights with Alison Limerick‘s ‘Where Love Lives’ the year after. Then putting together multi-cultural ever evolving act Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Themselves remembered for their cover version of Pharoah Sanders‘s ‘The Creator Has A Masterplan’. But also a bunch of extra gems such as ‘Dance Or Die’ or ‘The Day Before Adidi’ although it never saw the light as a single. A group with whom Limerick has recently recorded a new version of ‘Where Love Lives’.
No need saying how ‘Where Love Lives’ happened to be pivotal in the saga of the Def Mix clan and its key activists, David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. This while delivering an impressive series of remixes deserving the check, beginning with this Classic Club Mix…
A quick typing – ‘David Morales’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – Frankie Knuckles. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.
A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry, David Morales grew up during Dance Music’s most influential era. Thus, unsurprisingly frequenting its legendary clubs such as The Loft and The Paradise Garage.
As a result, it wasn’t long before he started his own nightclub – the Ozone Layer – in Brooklyn, by the beginning of the 80’s. His residency which lasted until 1986 eventually leading him to spin at The Paradise Garage in 1983. The 80’s seeing him DJing later at Newark, NJ’s famous The Zanzibar. With the latter standing as the craddle of the famous Jersey Sound also known as Garage. But also joining forces with Frankie Knuckles and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.
All in all, on his own or along with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales has remixed and produced over 500 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on ‘Mine To Give’ by the likes of British Junglist Photek along with Robert Owens. But also working along Brit-Soul / Acid Jazz activists. From James Taylor Quartet feat. Noel McCoy‘s ‘I Love The Life’. To the Brand New Heavies‘ ‘Never Stop’, Loose Ends‘ ‘Love’s Got Me’ and Imagination‘s ‘Instinctual’. Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘8.3.1.’. And how to not think of Alison Limerick‘s ‘Where Love Lives’ or Incognito‘s ‘Always There’ among others?!?
Of course, David Morales made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’, ‘Finally’ and ‘My Piece Of Heaven’, respectively for Robert Owens, CeCe Peniston and Ten City. This in addition to Ce Ce Rogers‘ ‘All Join Hands’, Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” and Richard Rogers‘ ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’. If not Doug Lazy‘s ‘H.O.U.S.E.’.
But, just like Frankie Knuckles, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Mariah Carey (‘Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)’) with whom he established a long term working relationship. But also Luther Vandross (‘The Rush’) and Alexander O’Neal (‘What Is This Thing Called Love’). This in addition to Miles Jaye (‘Heaven’) and Whitney Houston (‘Love Will Save The Day’).
Meanwhile, under his own banner, Morales also made quite an impression. Beginning with his debut-album and single of the likes – ‘The Program’ – as David Morales & The Bad Yard Club back in 1993. But also ‘Needin’ U’ as The Face, five years later. And how to not remember ‘Golden Era’ along with Róisín Murphy? A cut which stood among the essential tracks of the year 2012… Or, more recently, ‘Lovin” as The Face feat. Kym Mazelle. And ‘There Must Be Love’ as fronted by Janice Robinson. This with remix courtesy of Nigel Lowis, which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then…