Classics: Chanté Moore – Love’s Taken Over (Silas Records)
OMG! No matter what. Time doesn’t seem to have any negative aside effect on this exquisite smooth groove. I know this might sound subjective as love’s taken over me when I first got to hear this song by the likes of Chanté Moore back in 1992. I felt like in the middle of a delicious whirlwind. With thanks to its bouncing bass-driven quiet stormy rhythm pattern and its stellar arrangements by UK producers Lee Hamblin and Simon ‘The Funky Giger’ Law. In a mood/veinflow somehow reminding of Junior Giscombe‘s ‘Morning Will Come’ which Law had co-produced with him the year before…
I suppose we have a good illustration as to what the UK production is about. At the opposite of the so to say over makin’ up by the likes of its US alter ego. This eventually givin’ birth to the Brit-Soul by the end of the 80’s. And, as a consequence, contributing to the birth of the Neo-Soul Stateside in the 90’s.
‘Love’s Taken Over’ is a rare piece of beauty which ideally showcased the vocal talent of Chanté Moore. Just like her cover version of Deniece Williams‘ ‘Free’ or her performance of the unsung ‘This Time’. Be this on its original version as on its remix courtesy of Frankie Knuckles as a matter of fact. In a quiet storm vein somehow reminding of Dusty Springfield‘s ‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ as remixed by Marshall Jefferson.
A native of San Francisco, CA, Chanté Moore grew up singin’ in the church. Meanwhile quoting George Duke and Lee Ritenour as major influences. Strangely enough, she recorded an album for Warner by the age of 19 which never saw the light. This being how she ended up signing a record deal with Silas Records. Makin’so to say a cameo appearance back in 1991 along with Keith Washington in the ‘House Party 2’ OST with a cut titled ‘Candlelight And You’.
Chanté Moore‘s debut-album – ‘Precious’ – saw the light back in September 1992. It spanned the Lee Hamblin and Simon Law produced ‘Love’s Taken Over’. With the British twosome eventually producing ‘This Time’ from her ‘A Love Supreme’ follow-up album, although it sadly failed to generate a comparable following. This despite a remix courtesy of Frankie Knuckles. But also an outstanding cover version of Deniece Williams‘ ‘Free’ melted with The Commodores‘ ‘Sail On’.
Chanté Moore eventually resurfaced in May 1999 with her third album, ‘The Moment Is Mine’, this putting an end to an almost 5 year hiatus. It featured the memorable ‘Chanté’s Got A Man’ which became her first top 10 hit, charting at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. But also ‘I See You In A Different Light’ which she recorded along with JoJo Hailey of the Jodeci fame.
In 2000, Moore duetted with Will Downing on the soothing ‘When You Need Me’. Then, the year after, she teamed up with The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley A.K.A. Mr. Biggs on the vibrant ‘Contagious’. She eventually shared the bill with Kenny G on ‘Loveable’ back in 2002. Then she would deliver 2 albums with her then (new) husband, Kenny Lattimore, successively in 2003 and 2006. This before getiin’ back as a solo artist two years after. Eventually adding new activities to her schedule, this while joinin’ the cast of the Reality TV show ‘R&B Divas L.A’.
‘The Rise Of The Phoenix’ which saw the light back in September 2017 is her latest album to date. And she more recently premiered a new single – One Love – featuring Lewis Sky, ahead of a new EP 1 of 4.