Single Of The Week: Ferry Ultra feat. Gwen McCrae – Let Me Do My Thang (Opolopo Remix) (Peppermint Jam)
“Let me do my thang…” How could we ever resist to this vibrant request as a matter of fact? Meanwhile, here we go with another ultra classy rework we can add to an already impressive credit of Opolopo.
“Let me do my thang…” And once again he brilliantly made it. On the heels of the memorable ‘This Is What You Are’ by the likes of Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet. And other Greogory Porter‘s ‘1960 What?’.
“Let me do my thang…” With Opolopo doin’ it on this Ferry Ultra and Gwen McCrae‘s cut of the likes which initially saw the light back in 2010 on Sonic Wax Records. And as you may guess, the result is simply once again outstanding at the end. Thus seeming like nothing but a proper updating of jazzy, Soul and Funk vibes to the current century. Meanwhile bringing the Disco diva’s voice into another dimension. This in an environment where sophisticated key and chord arrangements in Ultra High Definition prevail…
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– Pensacola, FL-born Gwen Mosley first started singing along with her former husband, George McCrae in the 60’s. There she got brought to the attention of label manager Henry Stone (TK Records) by Betty Wright (born the same day as her). From then, she would drop a series of jams contributing to her recognition along with time. From her cover version of Bobby Bland‘s ‘Lead Me On’, to ‘Rockin’ Chair’. Not to mention the seminal ‘Rock Your Baby’ with her husband. And how could we ever forget the smooth ‘90% Of Me Is You’ back in 1974? If not the firing Betty Wright produced ‘All This Love That I’m Givin” in 1979. A cut which eventually resurfaced 11 years after on UK label Outer Rhythm.
She relocated to New Jersey after TK Records collapsed and signed a record deal with Atlantic. She then scored her biggest (Disco/Funk) successes with ‘Funky Sensation’. A cut produced by Kenton Nix from her 1981 released self-titled debut album. The uplifting ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ coming up the year after. Written by Wille Hutch and produced by Webster Lewis. A cut which Glasgow-based producer Graeme Clarke revamped in an even more energetic way 28 years after under his The Revenge guise. Eventually turning its title into ‘Keep This Fire Burning’.
Gwen McCrae has released a total of 12 albums from 1974 to 2006, including a live and a TK Records Best Of. In addition to this, she eventually shared the bill with Ferry Ultra back in 2010 on ‘Let Me Do My Thang’. A cut which resurfaced 5 years later with remxing work courtesy of Opolopo.
On a sad June 02, 2012, back from a live performance, Gwen had a stroke in her hotel room in England. This resulting in a paralysis on the left side of her body and her inability to walk.
– Lookin’ in the list of possible remixers for someone to give a contemporary (if not futuristic) feel to your music? Then chances are great you would find Opolopo on top of it along with others studio wizards such as Atjazz, Henrik Schwarz or Aki Bergen. This pretty much depending on the direction you want to give to your work, as a matter of fact.
Speakin’ of Hungary, Peter Major (Opolopo) hardly knows more than the fact it happened to be his native country. Her mom deciding to leave it during the communist period. This during a visit she made to his dad (himself a musician) who was touring in Sweden at the time. With the whole family changing nationality soon after.
Sweden being a country where Jazz has an undeniable meaning – with thanks to its prolific scene – no wonder how it got an echo on Opolopo‘s construction. As DJ, a remixer or an artist on his own rights.
Opolopo released his first album – ‘Omnifarious’ – back in 2003 on Australian label Collision Records. And he got commissioned to do his first remix two years later. This while retouching ‘Freeze The Cut’ for Comfort Fit feat. Blaktroniks on Japanese label Tokyo Dawn Records. From then, he has dropped 4 extra albums with his latest – ‘Superconductor’ – back in 2015 on Joey Negro‘s Z Records label. Meanwhile collaborating with luminaries such as Keni Burke (‘So Good’) and Paul Randolph (‘Sustain’). But also Taka Boom (‘Feels Good 2 Me’) and the late Diane Charlemagne (‘Round And Round’).
As a remixer, Opolopo made quite an impression with his rework of Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet‘s ‘This Is What You Are’ back in 2007. But he most likely would get his breakthrough 5 years after with his Rerub’ of Gregory Porter‘s seminal ‘1960 What?’. This masterpiece bringin’ him on everyone’s lips lookin’ for the next sensation. Beginning with ours since we’ve relaunched IDMW back by the beginning of the Summer 2014. And most definitely standing among those we tend to champion the (re)works of.
His list of the likes is quite impressive with more than 100 quotes on Discogs to date and 350 on Traxsource. From Sandy Barber‘s ‘I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own)’ to Ferry Ultra feat. Gwen McCrae‘s ‘Let Me Do My Thang’. But also Deep Tenor City‘s ‘Oba’ and Jarrod Lawson‘s ‘Sleepwalkers’. Not to mention Los Charly’s Orchestra‘s ‘All Around The World’ and Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Picket Fence’in 2015. Then what about The Jacksons‘ ‘Everybody’ which he’d retouched the year before? Or Omar feat. Caron Wheeler‘s ‘Treat You’ the year after???
Opolopo regularly updating his list since. This with Rhemi feat. Cassius‘ ‘Beat Within’. Then, more recently Rapson‘s ‘Heat’ and Kenny Thomas‘‘Your Love’ among others. Not to mention Kelvin Sylvester & Natasha Watts‘ ‘Fly Away’…