Tennerz: Divine Brown – Love Alibi (Terry Hunter’s Club Mix) (T’s Box)
A quick look at the forces in presence should tell a bit as to what to expect on this remix pack of ‘Love Alibi’. First we have this song itself which brought some attention to the singer and her partners in crime – 80 Empire – by the end of 2016. Then we have T’s Box label head Terry Hunter in charge of the remix duties. And we all know as to how he’s selective when comin’ to put out something new on his label. As to how also he is demanding from himself in order to reach the upper standards. Meanwhile appearing as the third Masters At Work (the Chicagoan one!)…
‘Love Alibi’ has undoutedly a rare flow. With thanks to Brown‘s convincing vocal performance. Therefore bringin’ emotion and energy to the whole. But also to the rearrangement work by the likes of Hunter turnin’ it into an irresistible jazzy blowin’ gem.
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A native of Toronto, ON, Divine Brown was born to Jamaican parents. No doubt as to how her 5-octave vocal range has been of a real help in her access to the music scene. But also her ability to play various instruments such as the bass guitar or the keyboards.
She started singin’ in local clubs. Eventually sharing the bill under her Divine Earth Essence guise with Wade O Brown on the 2002 released ‘Fool In Love’. This before deliverin’ her self-titled album (as Divine Brown) back in May 2005. A package mostly remembered for the inclusion of ‘Old Skool Love’. The latter becomin’ a Canadian radio hit before reachin’ the attention of U.S. Soul Music fans.
Her second album, ‘The Love Chronicles’, saw the light 3 years later. It won a Juno award for best R&B/Soul album of the year in 2009. Meanwhile spanning 3 singles including ‘Sunglasses’ featuring Nelly Furtado. Then, 3 years later, her third album – ‘Something Fresh’ – followed, seeing her bringin’ some old school vibe with a modern twist. And back in October 2106, Brown announced the release of a new single in collaboration with 80 Empire. The aforementioned – ‘Love Alibi’ – resurfacing in April 2018 on Terry Hunter‘s T’s Box label with additional remixes…