Classics: Mark Di Meo feat. Nickson – Let It Be Love (N’Dinga Gaba Remix) (Quantize Recordings)
‘Let It Be Love…’ Words are just missing to properly describe the emotion when coming to listen to this absolute jewel. A track which marked the debut of Italian producer Mark Di Meo on DJ Spen‘s label back in 2012. But also saw South African singer Nickson delivering a one of a kind performance. Not to mention N’Dinga Gaba reachin’ one of his peaks with his Africa-influenced complex although in exceptional style reconstruction…
‘Let It Be Love…’ Just what this is about!
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– A native of Termoli, Mark Di Meo carries on the tradition of know how one may find in the Italian production. This with artists such as Mimmo Falcone, Souldynamic and Michele Chiavarini. But also M. Caporale or Peppe Citarella among others.
The move he decided to do while relocating in Los Angeles, CA was expectedly quite a challenge. But it most likely broadened his horizon in the meantime, as he explained in an interview on houseoffrankie. Meanwhile getting him to spin with luminaries such as Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, Kenny Dope and Terry Hunter. But also droppin’ his releases on labels like Quantize Recordings and King Street/Nite Grooves. Not to mention Reel People Music and Solid Ground in Britain. This in addition to his activities as the CEO of Soulstice Music.
As a result, no wonder as to how his name should be familiar to those of you regular of these shores. If not of our Facebook page where we heavily championed ‘Let It Be Love’. His debut release on Quantize Recordings back in 2012 along with South African singer Nickson and N’Dinga Gaba in charge of the remix duties. Then how to not think of the mesmerizing ‘Be Mine’ featuring Sofia Rubina with remixing work courtesy of Terry Hunter the year after on Solid Ground?
Showcasing his inclination for Jazz vibes, Di Meo would most definitely blow our ears once again in 2014. This with the post-Summerish ‘A Gentleman’s Song’ featuring James Vargas on sax and Appolo Negri on Hammond B3.
Unsurprisingly, he would deliver 5 star remixes whenever commissioned to do so. Beginning with the hypnotic ‘Beautiful Life’ for Diephuis featuring Stephanie Cooke. But also ‘I Thank You’ for the latter this time as a solo artist. Not to mention ‘Colours’ for The Doggett Brothers featuring Laura Jackson to name a few. A cut we eventually included in our 10 essential 2016 tracks in the series. Meanwhile 2016 also saw this release of his ‘Soulful House Journey’ mix on King Street.
We catch him busy workin’ on his Soulstice Music label in 2018. This with a brilliant remix of M. Caporale featuring Tai Malone‘s ‘Red Light’. Then a rework of The L.O.V.E. Project featuring Shean Williams‘ ‘I’m In Love’. Not to mention the classy ’10k High’ featuring Jocelyn Mathieu, as remixed by Richard Earnshaw.
– N’Dinga Gaba has been on the music scene for more than two decades as a DJ, producer, musician and composer.
Hailing from Central African Republic although based in Baltimore, MD, N’Dinga has embraced a variety of musical styles over his career. He has played with several symphony orchestras and Jazz bands as a trombonist. And as a DJ, he has toured with Hip-Hop and Rock acts. And he is most likely proficient in all styles of electronic music.
Also known as The Diplomat, DJ Nuclear, and The Love House Movement, N’Dinga’s musical style is hard to define. You can find his music and remixes on many labels, such as Foliage Records, Peng Records and Sole Channel. This in addition to Code Red / Quantize Recordings and King Street. Thus standing on an impressive amount of one of a kind pieces of music as a matter of fact.
Among the first productions / mixes of his coming to mind would certainly be ‘Until You’. A firing gem that saw him sharing the bill productionwise with Code Red label head DJ Spen. With Marc Evans takin’ the centerstage vocally speakin’ on this partial interpolation of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’ back in 2012.
That same year (2012) seeing him crafting extra monsterjams for the label. From his magnetic remix of the vibrant ‘Let It Be Love’ by the likes of Mark Di Meo feat. Nickson. To both ‘Rocker’ and ‘Radio Billie Stereo Ella’ for Erin Leah. Even though the firts traces of him bring us back to 2007 and the release of ‘Queen’ along with Scotty P on SOLE Channel Music with remixes courtesy of Mr V and Reelsoul.
Hard to give a specific hat when speakin’ of the man, we said earlier on. Illustration with ‘Everything’ that saw him sharing the duties with producers Ross Hillard and Tom Wardle and singer Natasha Watts. This under the THR33 guise back in 2015 before receiving a remix courtesy of Louie Vega the year after. But also with ‘Beautiful Humans’ which he retouched for Boddhi Satva feat. Les Nubians in 2017. That same year seeing him reconditioning ‘Yum Yum’ for Luka feat. Sio Blackwidow which we eventually welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then.
2018 getting us to enjoy another blast of his. This under the form of the composite ‘Lifelines’ for Zo! feat. Dornik on Foliage Records.
In addition to this, N’Dinga has launched his own label – Global Diplomacy – by the end of 2014. Thus putting out extra jewels. From Namy feat. Miwa‘s ‘Lift Me Away’ to Troy Denari‘s ‘Tembaco’. Not to mention ‘Beautiful’ along with Jaidene Veda and Josh Milan, among others…
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