Lost but not least! Blak Beat Niks – Do You Want Me (Original Version) (PAN)
Alright, more than 15 years have gone (by the time writing these lines) since the release of ‘Do You Want Me’. Now you tell me: how does this sound like after all this time? Way better than countless things we may hear nowadays as a matter of fact, huh? Well, this is just what makes the difference between talent on one side and mediocrity on the other. And subsequently who we’re goin’ to talk about on these shores and the rest!
Chicago, IL-based Big Ed and Craig Simpkins have delivered some of the most beautiful pieces one might ever think of in the history of House Music. Thus showcasing their Disco, Soul, Jazz and Funk influences. Meanwhile giving birth to timeless goodies. From ‘Ooohhh’ to ‘I’ll Be There’ or ‘The Sun Will Shine’ to name but a few.
The intoxicating 1999 Disco inspired ‘Do You Want Me’ makin’ no exception at the end. With extra props due to vocalist Kim Cleveland for her vibrant performance.
Disco, but also R&B if not Brit-Soul… As many vibes that saw production pairs makin’ themselves a name. From Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards aka Chic to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. But also L.A. & Babyface or Jazzie B along with Nellee Hooper aka Soul II Soul. With House Music makin’ no exception. From Louie Vega and Kenny Dope to David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. Not to mention Mateo & Matos, 95 North or Blak Beat Niks…
BBN saw the light back in the early 90’s. From the reunion between Harold ‘Big Ed’ Matthews and Craig ‘K Fingers’ Simpkins. They opened their account back in 1992 on Club House with ‘A True Poet’ delivered with remixes courtesy of Braxton Holmes and Ron Trent. The second half of the 90’s seeing them landing on British label PAN Records. And eventually deliver some of their most beautiful productions, from ‘Ooohhh’ to ‘Change’ and ‘Do You Want Me’. Then switching to Large Records with a couple of extra goodies such as ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘Celebration’. This before launching their own label by the likes of Melodious (Fonk) Recordings where they rreleased the Latinesque ‘The Sun Will Shine’. Meanwhile ‘Alright’, which saw the light by the end of 2016, is another illustration as to how the guys perfectly know how to craft 1st League joints…