First Listen: Deep Tenor City – Oba (Opolopo Remix) (BBE)
It takes a minimum of 10 years to get balsamic vinegar to maturity, with the result we know. I guess that’s pretty much what happened, although on a slightly longer period, speaking of ‘Oba’. A piece of music which DTC masterminds Dan Stillit and Oli Savill recorded back in 2003. This along with luminaries such as Sammy Figueroa, Joe Claussell and Dele Sosimi among others.
The result is an infectious blend of Jazz, Latin, Funk and African vibes which one simply can’t resist to. With man of the current times, Opolopo, brilliantly expanding the feeling over a Broken Beat drum pattern.
Nothing but a serious groove. But this is ‘Oba’ at the end, be it eventually remixed… You’ve been warned!
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– Hailing from Lisbon, Oli Albergaria Savill is a master at both Brazilian and Cuban forms of music. And so is he of other styles including Jazz and Funk. He started his musical career playing in traditional Brazilian percussion groups. Then he later came to study at the C.N.M.P. in La Havana, Cuba.
As a matter of fact, he would find like a natural ground in London where he dropped his luggage back in 1992. Eventually becoming a sought after percussionist from then.
Over the last three decades, Oli has been quite active. Thus playing, recording and touring with an impressive amount of artists from around the world. From Airto Moreira to Sly & Robbie and Tony Allen. But also Dom Um Romao and Ive Mendes. Not to mention his collaborations with British acts. Beginning with Basement Jaxx, Da Lata Reel People and Tony Momrelle. This in addition to his own projects. In other words, Arakatuba along with Liliana Chachian and Deep Tenor City with Dan Stillit.
‘Oba’, Deep Tenor City‘s first single, saw the light back in October 2015. This with remixing treatment by the likes of Opolopo. Its follow-up, ‘The Present’, came to light six months after. Itself seeing the contributions of Antonio Ocasio and Joe Claussell. Meanwhile ‘Henderson’s Groove’ saw them sharing the bill with DJ Romain by the end of 2017. Thus standing as their last release to date.
Rumors of a possible album have been circulating here and there. Although no confirmation has been given as of now.
– Lookin’ in the list of possible remixers for someone to give a contemporary (if not futuristic) feel to your music? Then chances are great you would find Opolopo on top of it along with others studio wizards such as Atjazz, Henrik Schwarz or Aki Bergen. This pretty much depending on the direction you want to give to your work, as a matter of fact.
Speakin’ of Hungary, Peter Major (Opolopo) hardly knows more than the fact it happened to be his native country. Her mom deciding to leave it during the communist period. This during a visit she made to his dad (himself a musician) who was touring in Sweden at the time. With the whole family changing nationality soon after.
Sweden being a country where Jazz has an undeniable meaning – with thanks to its prolific scene – no wonder how it got an echo on Opolopo‘s construction. As DJ, a remixer or an artist on his own rights.
Opolopo released his first album – ‘Omnifarious’ – back in 2003 on Australian label Collision Records. And he got commissioned to do his first remix two years later. This while retouching ‘Freeze The Cut’ for Comfort Fit feat. Blaktroniks on Japanese label Tokyo Dawn Records. From then, he has dropped 4 extra albums with his latest – ‘Superconductor’ – back in 2015 on Joey Negro‘s Z Records label. Meanwhile collaborating with luminaries such as Keni Burke (‘So Good’) and Paul Randolph (‘Sustain’). But also Taka Boom (‘Feels Good 2 Me’) and the late Diane Charlemagne (‘Round And Round’).
As a remixer, Opolopo made quite an impression with his rework of Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet‘s ‘This Is What You Are’ back in 2007. But he most likely would get his breakthrough 5 years after with his Rerub’ of Gregory Porter‘s seminal ‘1960 What?’. This masterpiece bringin’ him on everyone’s lips lookin’ for the next sensation. Beginning with ours since we’ve relaunched IDMW back by the beginning of the Summer 2014. And most definitely standing among those we tend to champion the (re)works of.
His list of the likes is quite impressive with more than 100 quotes on Discogs to date and 350 on Traxsource. From Sandy Barber‘s ‘I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own)’ to Ferry Ultra feat. Gwen McCrae‘s ‘Let Me Do My Thang’. But also Deep Tenor City‘s ‘Oba’ and Jarrod Lawson‘s ‘Sleepwalkers’. Not to mention Los Charly’s Orchestra‘s ‘All Around The World’ and Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Picket Fence’in 2015. Then what about The Jacksons‘ ‘Everybody’ which he’d retouched the year before? Or Omar feat. Caron Wheeler‘s ‘Treat You’ the year after???
Opolopo regularly updating his list since. This with Rhemi feat. Cassius‘ ‘Beat Within’. Then, more recently Rapson‘s ‘Heat’ and Kenny Thomas‘‘Your Love’ among others. Not to mention Kelvin Sylvester & Natasha Watts‘ ‘Fly Away’…
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Traxsource IDMW Top 10 November 2015