Wed. May. 23, 2018

Blak Beat Niks – Ooohhh (Original)

This Beat Is Mine! Blak Beat Niks – Ooohhh (Original Version) (PAN)

UK Dance label PAN Records opening their account in the best way one could think of by the end of 1996. This with Chicagoan pair Harold Matthews and Craig Simpkins aka Blak Beat Niks. The twosome, on top of that, deliverin’ one of their best jams by the likes of ‘Ooohhh’. Meanwhile bringin’ Ron Carroll‘s vocals to the forefront. Something I just realized recently as a matter of fact…

More than 20 years have gone since its release and ‘Ooohhh’ remains what it says. An outstanding piece of deep’n jazzy modern Soul delicately blended with House vibes. But rather than categorizing it, better havin’ a listen to it and hopefully enjoy this 14 minute + slice of absolute delight…

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Overview
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…

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