Single Of The Week: Diephuis & Eastar feat. Jocelyn Brown – Don’t Quit (Be A Believer) (Reelsoul Remix) (Quantize Recordings)
“Don’t quit, be a believer” pretty much illustrates what the protagonists of this gem are about. From Dutch DJ/producer Diephuis whose name starts speakin’ for itself. To Reelsoul who established an instantly identifiable signature sound. Not to mention Jocelyn Brown speakin’ of whom each vocal delivery is a blast!
We enthuzed about this uplifting gem which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week back in March 2016. And here we go now for an encore. This time as sublty reshaped by William Reelsoul Rodriquez who brings it his unique bouncing stellar approach.
Be a believer… Don’t quit!
Download from Traxsource.
– Rotterdam born DJ/producer Diephuis states Disco, Techno, Afro, Soul, Funk and Jazz as his major influences. His fascination for these kinds of moods started in the 90’s, inspired by DJ’s like Larry Levan, MAW and Joe Claussell. Then later on Osunlade, Henrik Schwarz, Dixon and Spinna.
Barend-Jan Beljaars (that’s his ID) started making music in 2008, on the hells of an already impressive C.V. as a DJ. He released his first EP – ‘Deeproots’ – Afrazoo the year after. His first major production – ‘Beautiful Life’ featuring Stephanie Cooke – followed two years after on King Street. It got soon after included on Hed Kandi’s ‘Beach House 2011’ compilation. Then, later on, Louie Vega took it for his compilation for King Street.
At the end of 2012, he remixed Peven Everett‘s ‘Black Boy’ for UDM Show Records. From then, Diephuis has been working with and/or for artists such as Ursula Rucker, Kenny Bobien, Marc Evans and Jephté Guillaume.
By the end of 2014, Diephuis released ‘Crossing Borders’ on Nulu Electronic. This project was remixed by Manoo and later on The Kings Of House (David Morales and Louie Vega) featuring Anané Vega.
In the Summer of 2015, it made it #9 Top Downloads on Traxsource and #1 Top 100 Afro House tracks on Traxsource. Black Coffee eventually included the Manoo remix in his mix for Mixmag August 2015.
More recently, he came to bless us along with Jocelyn Brown on ‘Don’t Quit (Be A Believer)’ which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week on both its original delivery and this remix package featuring Reelsoul.
– William Rodriquez III found his early influences in the wide rage of musical sounds and styles which his dad introduced him to. From Cerrone to Loose Ends. Not to mention the various tones of Hip-Hop and Dance Music that surrounded him.
An avid collector of 45’s by the age of 4, this experience continued to have an expression for Will‘s creative outlet. By the age of 10, he taught himself by ear to play the keyboard. His cousin bringin’ his attention to Deep House cuts from labels such as Strictly Rhythm and Nervous. And a year after, he eventually started spinnin’. Nurturin’ his craft musical arrangements across the board from Hip-Hop, Rare Groove & Underground House Parties.
By 1992, Will was making beats with two tape decks and a keyboard. This rich musical assortment continued to thrive on his passion for production. As he continued to advance himself in the art of making music so did his sound. His rich soulful debut, ‘Take Me To A Place’ found a home on Frankie Feliciano‘s Ricanstruction label.
He quickly followed with a string of releases for various labels, meanwhile establishing an instantly recognizable signature. Therefore turnin’ countless jams into essential cuts. From The Laybouts & Pete Simpson‘s ‘Thank You’ to Soul: ID‘s ‘Believe’. But also Marc Cotterell‘s ‘Into The Light’. Or Diephuis featuring Jocelyn Brown‘s ‘Don’t Quit’. Not to mention Sterling Ensemble featuring Lee Wilson‘s ‘Everybody’ to name a few.
No surprisingly, Reelsoul also crafted masterpieces under his own banner. Beginning with the memorable ‘For The Love Of You’ featuring Kyra back in 2010 on MN2S. And ‘Get Myself Together’ on his recently launched Reelsoul Musik label.
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