Tennerz: Earl Tutu & John Khan feat. Mike City – Lately We (Extended Vocal Mix) (Liquid Deep)
On the heels of ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ which they released by the end of the Summer, UK production pair Earl Tutu and John Khan team up once again with Mike City. ‘Lately We’… Or rather say Lately They… come to complete our list of goodies for 2016. And God Knows how the guys have been active this year!
‘Lately We’ is one of those timeless joints. Spreading an undeniable sensitivity. With its producers making proof of delicacy. This being for much on the fluidity of their work which itself enhances Mike City‘s touching performance. The proper of chiefs coming up with exactly what it takes in a recipe. What we call the sense of measure, if not of the (good) taste. Just like that piece of make up highligting the facial features of a woman…
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– Although relatively new as a production pair, both John Khan and Earl Tutu are no new comers…
Khan eventually started producing back in 1992. Responsible for ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ featuring the vocal talents of Karen Minnott.
Growing up and DJing alongside Unique 3, a collective from Bradford, he came to meet Chris Dawkins (Earl Tutu) back in the day. John kept on producing for a while before taking a break from the scene for a few years. Studying the artform of mixing and mastering during that time, he decided to resurface along with long time friend Dawkins.
“I started playing guitar at my father’s Baptist Church in West Yorkshire at the the age of 15 in 1976”, explains Earl Tutu. “Within 2 years, during the summer of 1978 myself and some other young members of the church formed a band called Freedom. During this time, EMI reps from London came to the church to hear the band. They had been made aware of us via Gospel Concerts we had performed at. My father, Pastor Dawkins and Brother King an elder at the church turned the reps from EMI away, saying the children would not be playing the devils music!
As you can guess, I hid my passion for playing guitar from my father, sneaking out of the house to play gigs and record.
Coming home from a gig one night I was welcomed by the sight of my belongings in black bin bags – I had been found out! 2013 brought me back to the good old days collaborating once again with life long friend and fellow artist John Khan with some fresh ideas… Soulful House style with some interesting releases in the pipeline…”
And the fact is Tutu and Khan have established themselves among the most in-demand producers. Thus standing on an impressive pile of killer gems. Either under their own guise as for other artists. The first traces of them bringin’ us back to 2013 and the release of the aptly titled ‘The Dreams Come True’ which they reworked for JoioDJ & Chanelle on Dejavoo Records.
From then on, one could see their names circulating with new releases at least once a month. This bringin’ them to collaborate with countless luminaries. From Darryl D’Bonneau and Cinnamon Brown on the stellar ‘House Of Love’ (Purple Music). To Tracy Hamlin on ‘Emotion’ for Expansion House. But also Sheila Ford on the jazzy ‘Share’ (Quantize Recordings). Not to mention Tracebeatz (‘Won’t Be The One’), Tasha LaRae (‘Find My Way’) and Michelle Weeks (‘So Incredible’) both on Spen‘s label. Meanwhile they would soon after retouch Kimara Lovelace‘s ‘When Can Our Love Begin’ with the latter. This in addition to Kathy Brown‘s firing ‘Things You Do’ and/or SuSu Bobien‘s ‘Help Is On The Way’. Then, more recently The L.O.V.E. Project‘s ‘I’m In Love’.
They eventually opened their own account on Booker T‘s Liquid Deep label back in 2016. Sharing the bill with Mike City successively on ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ then ‘Lately We’. Meanwhile, they joined forces twice as well with Asia Yarwood. This with ‘New Faith’ and ‘Lies’ on Quantize Recordings.