Tennerz: DJ Pope and Marc Evans – Do You Remember (DJ Pope Sound Of Baltimore Vocal) (Nervous)
Some pieces of music just happen to sound as an (instant) evidence. To a point you might even wonder why they haven’t seen the light before. Do you remember??? I suppose you do so when speakin’ of cuts such as Stardust‘s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’. Or Modjo‘s ‘Lady’. But also Superfunk feat. Ron Carroll‘s ‘Lucky Star’. If not Barbara Tucker and Darryl D’Bonneau‘s ‘Stop Playing With My Mind’ to a lesser extend…
Well, the impression is similarly immediate whenever comin’ to have a listen to ‘Do You Remember’. Therefore as to how there’s always been a strong connection between Disco and House Music. And, in the meantime, a parental link between SAM Records (Sam Weiss‘s Disco label) and his son’s – Mike – Nervous Records. With DJ Pope and Marc Evans brilliantly doin’ their thing over a sample inherited from Gary’s Gang‘s ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’. Do you remember now???
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– A DJ, a producer and a remixer, Brian Pope has made himself a permanent part in the history of the Baltimore House scene. He first brought his name on the map in the 80’s. Back then, he was producing a DJ Mix show on WEAA 88.9FM. He quickly teamed up with Oji Morris. Together, they gave birth to the highly respected POJI Records label. Setting up a loyal following along with time allowed him to spin in front of 10,000 people attendance at the Southport Weekender. And more locally to earn residencies in Baltimore and WDC clubs such as The Paradox and The Sanctuary to name a few.
Brian released his first production – ‘Traxx From The Vatican’ – back in 1993. From then, he buit up a consistant repertoire, for himself as with Oji. Collaborating with artists such as Ron Carroll, Lynette Smith and Dana Weaver. Not to mention Jocelyn Mathieu and Sheree Hicks more recently.
He released his first album – ‘My Way’ – as B-Soul presents The Family back in 2003. There, he showcased his writing and production skills, teamin’ up with artists such as Sheila Ford, Una and Ed Ramsey among others. An opus which got him to win the NYC’s Underground Archive Choice Award for album of the year. He followed two years after with ‘The Deeper Side Of Midnight’. A CD mix which generated extra attention. But this time to his skills as a gifted mixer and music selector.
Back together again 3 years after ‘Live It Up’, DJ Pope and Marc Evans could well be responsible for a(nother) major episode in the history of House Music with the infectious ‘Do You Remember’. Meanwhile showcasing their connection with Disco Music with a sample from Gary’s Gang‘s ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’. In the footsteps of Stardust‘s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ and other Superfunk‘s ‘Lucky Star’. 2018 will tell! Then what about his cover version of Sylvester‘s ‘I Need You’ along with singer Marty St. Michaels? A cut he has reworked a few weeks before the Winter Music Conference…
Meanwhile 2018 (also) marks the 25th birthday of their Poji Records venture. With its 100th release being a revamp of Una‘s 2004 ‘Soul Underground’, titled ‘Soul Underground 2018’ for the occasion…
– Marc Avon Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. This son of a vocalist and Jazz saxophonist didn’t discover his own music until his late teens though. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, he began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever. That smooth voice meshed with passionate delivery sets Evans apart from the rest as one of the most talented vocalists of the millennium.
After performing as a solo artist or with his band, Soul Centered, Evans felt there was something missing in his music. Inspired by lyrical greats Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sting, and Sade, he decided to focus as much on his lyrical development as his musical craftsmanship.
He began to write poetry and perform on the open-mic circuit. As ‘The Songbyrd’, Evans the poet travelled up and down the East Coast from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. Eventually becoming a favorite on the performance poetry circuit.
Whether it’s his independent releases or his international label releases, he pursues both his writing and his music with purpose. Balancing his talents in both areas, Evans‘ lyrical presentation in song and spoken word is miles beyond one-dimensional artists. To witness any of his performances is truly an experience one won’t soon forget.
No surprisingly, Marc Evans has crossed the path of countless First League producers. Comin’ to international recognition back in the mid 2000’s with the memorable ‘The Way You Love Me’, along with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz. A cut which cleverly emebedded a riff of Teddy Pendergrass‘ ‘Come Go With Me’.
He eventually followed in this spirit 8 years later N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen on ‘Until You’. And this time embedding a riff of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’.
Other cuts of his which deserve the listen including ‘Given Me Joy’ (here again with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz). But also ‘Without You’ in 2012 with Jamie Lewis. This in addition to ‘Respect’ that saw him sharing the vocal duties with Michelle Weeks and Natasha Watts. Not to mention the recent ‘You Change My World’ once again with Lewis. Or ‘Do You Remember’ that also saw him doin’ an encore. Although with DJ Pope. This almost four years after ‘Live It Up’. Then how to not mention ‘Beneath The Crescent Moon’ which he released on his own with The Muthafunkaz in charge of the production? Or his joint venture with Cool Million on ‘Dontcha You Wanna Dance’ back in 2015!