First Listen: David Anthony UK feat. Tasha LaRae & Bennett Holland – Live To Love (Quantize Recordings)
UK-based producer David Anthony teaming up with US songstress Tasha LaRae and keyboardist Bennett Holland on the highly soulful ‘Live To Love’. On a midtempo tip, this outstanding performance enlightens the hearts and souls while spreading a positive message.
One of the numerous highlights from Anthony‘s ‘Emotive’ album that sees him exploring different directions and moods. From a definitive worth the listen cover version of Jackie Moore‘s classic This Time Baby’. To the soothing ‘Let Love In’ featuring the sultry Sheree Hicks. Not to mention the firing ‘I Don’t Know Why’ along with Beverlei Brown and remixing work courtesy of Manoo.
Kinda hard to not think of The Layabouts‘ memorable rework of Imaani‘s ‘I Found My Light’ when giving a listen to ‘Live To Love’. And more precisely its rhythm pattern…
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From early 90’s David Anthony has been knee deep into the US sound. First picking up with the vibe of Detroit his real love coming from the soulful sound of New York. Spear headed by the legendary Tony Humphries.
David teamed up with Anthony Baugh to start Vice Versa. A label which went on to be one of the UK’s leading underground Dance imprints of its times. He soon found his music was being played and aired on major radio stations and night clubs. Using the alias’s Device and Devibes, they produced over 35 releases having much success.
Starting to branch out licensing deals began to flow. Azuli Records picked up Michael Watford‘s ‘Coming Home’ along with Fayleine Brown‘s ‘You Know I Missed you’ and ‘Joy’. Licensing also followed with StrongHouse, Freetown Records and Public Demand.
Through the success of Vice Versa Records they quickly moved into the remix arena working for the majors (SDA was launched as another production name). These included Polydor, Universal and Ministry of Sound.
Early 2001 David launched HiLife Records which was a reflection of the market change from vinyl to MP3. He worked with Kathy Brown, Lisa Millett and Aleyshia Lei. And he also did remixes for Code Red, Universe Media and Liquid Deep. Eventually reworking Sted-E, Hybrid Heights & David Shaw feat. Byron Stingily‘s ‘Candy Rain’ along with DJ Spen. But also Jasper Street Company‘s ‘Wanna Be Happy’ with the latter among others.
Time has gone since with 2016 seeing Anthony releasing the aptly titled ‘Emotive’ long player on Quantize Recordings. An album where he collaborated with an impressive line-up of artists such as Sheree Hicks, Lisa Millett, and Byron Stingily. And also Rescue Poetix, Tasha LaRae (‘Live To Love’) and Beverlei Brown among others. The latter contributing to ‘I Don’t Know Why’ then ‘I’m Free’ a few months later. With both of them receiving the remixing treatment courtesy of Manoo.