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Andy Roda / Jerome Sydenham – Fired Up

Single Of The Week: Andy Roda / Jerome Sydenham feat. Dorrey Lyles – Fired Up (Original Mix) (Ibadan)

You don’t wanna miss this! Fired up… Chances are great this is how you’re gonna get when givin’ a listen to this infectious jam. The first impression is the one that only instinctual music leaves. Givin’ an instant will to dance until the morning lights.

I can’t remember havin’ heard anything so uplifting for ages. As a matter of fact, hard to not think of those bumpin’ gems by the likes of Kerri Chandler. Not to mention the roughest side of Masters At Work. In other words, the kind of vibe one could hear gettin’ you into a trance during the peak time at NYC’s Shelter Club with Timmy Regisford hammering the floor. Meanwhile, one can feel the Gospel influences in Roda‘s vocal performance along with Dorrey Lyles in the backing. And I’m not even talking about its infectious keys!

All in all, ‘Fired Up’ has all the ingredients to fire things up during the Miami WMC and way beyond. And no doubt as to how it should find space in our 10 essential 2017 gems. As usual, we most likely welcome your reactions…
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Overview
– With the string of new releases rolling out from multi talented singer, songwriter, musician, producer, DJ and curator Andy Roda, this part of his journey might as well be the defining moment, as he returns to his first love: House Music!

A Philippines native, Andy grew up in Copenhagen and graduated in New York City. Now living in Berlin, he set up his studio and label (ALIGN Records). A classically trained musician, he is equally comfortable in Jazz, Soul and R&B. Not to mention House, eventually reflecting his roots in Gospel which is the very essence of his ministry.

His childhood church and The NYC Sugarbar, owned by his musical mentors Ashford & Simpson, are two of the core influences that have helped shape his output. A writer in the traditional sense, Andy constructs his lyric accompanied Dance Music much as his mentors. While, as a performer he communicates his feel good music in a way only the most seasoned performers know how.

With a career that spans nearly two decades since his debut-album – ‘Dish’ – back in 1999 on Virgin, Andy’s “rebirth” looks set to soaring new heights. With House Music veterans supporting the recent release of the ‘Curiosity’ EP on King Street. An EP which he co-wrote with HDSN and Martin Eyerer.

His soulful vocals can be heard on an impressive list of collaborations. Beginning with his Ibadan Records debut ‘Fired Up’. A fresh, original take on New York House which he crafted with head honcho Jerome Sydenham. Meanwhile, Noteworthy mentions are upcoming works with Chicago’s Ron Trent and Hip-House pioneer Tyree Cooper. Not to mention hot Italian duo Alaia & Gallo to name a few.

On the production side, there is a nod to the timeless styles of both MAW, Kerri Chandler and Frankie Knuckles. But also Jimmy Jam & Terri Lewis in terms of melodic sophistication… Honoring the trailblazers who paved the way, while pushing forward and carving out his own unique path.

In addition to his recordings, Andy is the co-founder and host of The Church Berlin – Berlin’s Most Uplifting Live House Party. And he’s also the co-founder and curator of P-NOiSE – The Global Filipino Connection celebrating Film, Arts and Music. Both platforms saw the light with the aim to bridge and empower his communities and fellow artists. This, through continuous showcases and festivals, including events in Berlin, Cologne, Copenhagen, Paris and Manila to this date.

Last but not least, Andy has also toured internationally as the lead vocalist for platinum selling Danish act Safri Duo. In the meantime, he was the first Danish-Filipino to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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