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…
– A Chicago, IL, native Terry Hunter has travelled the globe sharing his passion for soulful House Music. His dad, a DJ who played mostly Soul and Disco at a West Side tavern, introduced him to music at a very early age. As a matter of fact, none of them could have imagined Terry‘s remarkable future career. Be it as a DJ, producer and remixer.
First and foremost a lover of all music, Hunter has delivered House Music remixes for countless talents. From Michael Jackson to Mary J. Blige. But also R. Kelly and Janet Jackson. Not to mention Barbara Tucker and Byron Stingily of the Ten City fame.
Terry has also collaborated with close friend Kenny Dope of Masters At Work on numerous projects. Eventually remixing Kanye West‘s ‘Addicted’ back in 2005. And also producing Mass Destruction‘s ‘Get’em High’ featuring Mr. V. 4 years later. Last but not least, the man has also co-written and produced cuts for R&B/artist Raheem DeVaughn and Syleena Johnson.
He launched his own label, T’s Box Records, back in 2004 with the aim to develop and produce the next generations of House Music superstars. In 2007, He released the soulful House instant classic ‘Wonderful’ featuring Terisa Griffin. Then 5 years later, the twosome went for an encore with ‘Yes’. He eventually came to collaborate with Chicagoan vet singer Chantay Savage. With this resulting in gems such as ‘Summer’ and ‘Holidays’. And he also shared the bill with Jo(h)n Pierce on ‘The Message’. Then he reworked ‘Waking Up With You’ by the likes of British R&B singer Daniel de Bourg. This before resurrecting the first take of R. Kelly‘s ‘It’s Your World’.
Always in high demand for his unique production and remix skills, Terry continues to regularly churn out hits in the studio. How to not give a mention to his brilliant rework of Gianluca Pighi, Massimo Paramour and Ahmad Larnes ‘Ever Stop’ on Makin Moves? Then, more recently to ‘Love Alibi’ which he reassembled for Divine Brown???
In 2006, Terry was selected as the first new member in nearly 30 years of Chicago’s legendary DJ crew the Chosen Few DJs. A group which consists of Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett and Mike Dunn. Altogether, they host the annual ‘Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic’ every July on the South side of Chicago. It is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated House Music festival events in the world.
Always innovating, Terry also conceived and co-produced the first “Chicago House DJ Day” on Jan. 09, 2011. It was a history-making celebration. The event brought together and honored the 100 Most Influential DJ’s in Chicago House Music from 1975-1995.
That same year in December, Terry launched his wildly popular weekly residency, Bang Sunday, at the Shrine nightclub in Chicago. Bang filled a void in Chicago’s house music landscape, as a weekly House Music party emphasizing new soulful House Music.
Every Sunday at Bang, he presides over a packed house of soulful House Music devotees. There, he shares the stage with local and international guest DJs and performers. Among them, Louie Vega, Black Coffee, Joe Claussell, the Chosen Few DJs, Bucie and Josh Milan…