Single Of The Week: Hallex M & DJ Fudge feat. Omar – Ding Ding (DJ Beloved Remix) (Makin Moves)
Be we attending a main boxing event, then chances are great we might hear Jimmy Lennon, Jr. saying: ‘It’s show time!” Besides, it pretty looks like we’ve got one there with the ring “Ding Ding” courtesy of Hallex M, DJ Fudge and Omar as remixed in fine style by DJ Beloved.
Most likely destined to find space in our 10 essential 2018 tracks. And how could it ever be different with the forces in presence as a matter of fact?!? From French DJ’s/Producers Hallex M and DJ Fudge to DJ Beloved who gets regular mentions on these shores. Not to mention Brit-Soul icon Omar Lye Fooke MBE showin’ off once again his versatility. With ‘Ding Ding’ comin’ up on the heels of gems such as ‘History’ along with Los Charly’s Orchestra. But also ‘Special’ with Maddslinky as remixed by Atjazz. Or ‘Feeling You’ with Henrik Schwarz to name but a few.
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– Living in Hong Kong, Frenchman DJ Fudge is one of the most versatile and prolific House music artists of his generation. In 1994, he along with Bruno Banner founded the band Savannah, dropping their first single, ‘Rumeurs’, soon after.
The adventure took a new turn the year after when they signed with Universal Records. There, they gained access to production equipment which allowed them to collaborate with Dawn Tallman and Mary J. Blige, releasing ‘What’s The Deal’ and ‘So Good To Me’.
Fast Forward to 1999, and the guys had become part of the highly influential French Touch. They gave birth to Troublemen, with their first hit being ‘Do It’. This release which was to become a dance floor anthem, quickly launched them among the most respected House music artists back then.
Always looking out for new projects, DJ Fudge created Afromento, and after releasing only two 12 inches, he got into the playlists of the top DJ’s with ‘Human Waves’.
By 2007, he started working with Defected Records and produced a long list of remixes, experimenting with a new sound and a new scene. In addition, he has released and remixed for many dance premier labels. From Purple Music to Hardsoul, Soulfuric and Stalwart to name a few.
Fudge also has his own label, Tejal Records. Tejal being a female first name of Indian origins which means “brilliance’. One might remember ‘Mechouga’, from his ‘Nightglows’ EP which Soulfuric licensed soon after with remixes courtesy of DJ Spen and Karizma. And how to not think of the outstanding ‘Call My Name’ featuring Mani Hoffman which he did in collaboration with Ezel back in 2012? But also of the delightful ‘Try’ along with British singer Marie Tweak by the end of 2015…
Then one could also quote ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ that saw him as well sharing the duties with Hoffman. Or, more recently, the infectious ‘Canto Para Elegua’ along with Cuban salsero Angel Yos. Not to mention the mesmerizing ‘Ding Ding’ featuring Omar. A gem he crafted back in 2014 along with Hallex M, then given a remix by the likes of DJ Beloved by the beginning of 2018…
– Hallex M started DJing back in 1996 before promoting events in Bordeaux (France) where we happened to meet a couple of times back then. Livin’ his life as a passionate, production was just a natural step for him. Eventually droppin’ his 2 first remixes back in 2007. Respectively for Monique Bingham and Kenny Bobien. And, just like DJ Fudge, he obviously found a better environment to express himself while relocating to Hong Kong.
Remembered for ‘Mi Casa’, Hallex has since worked with countless luminaries. From Jocelyn Mathieu with ‘The Tribal Zone’ back in 2013. To DJ Fudge which whom he produced ‘Simpatico’ and ‘Ding Ding’ featuring Omar the year after. But also Darien with whom he released ‘Feeling’. A cut we welcomed as our Single Of The Week back in March 2017 with remixing work courtesy of DJ Spinna.
Meanwhile Oveous, Vikter Duplaix, Mr V and Marc Evans among others joined him on his debut-album – ‘Soul Odyssey’ – which saw the light by the beginning of November 2017.
The end of the Summer of 2018 seeing him joinin’ forces once again not only with Omar. But also Darien (Dean) and Saycon Sengbloh on the Afro-Caribbean flavored ‘Straight Up!’. Itself most likely standing among the 10 essential tracks of the year.
– A native of London, Omar Christopher Lye-Fook, MBE grew up in Canterbury, Kent. This in the middle of a family of artists in their respective owns. Beginning with his dad, Byron, who worked as a studio musician and drummer with various luminaries. From Bob Marley to Horace Andy and even The Rolling Stones.
Omar‘s younger brother, the Grammy winning producer, remixer and DJ professionally known as Scratch Professor has been making jaws drop since the age of 13. Brilliantly stunning the crowd at the 1988 DMC UK Finals with his turntable skills. Meanwhile, Samia (Omar’s sister) is a renowned vocalist in her own right, and a BRIT School alumna.
A musical prodigy, Omar learned his craft classically. Eventually playing the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and percussion. A former principal percussionist of the Kent Youth Orchestra and later a graduate of the Guildhall School Of Music, he released his first single – ‘Mr Postman’ – on his father’s Kongo label back in 1985. Welcoming Caron Wheeler as a backing vocalist. He then came to drop his debut-album featuring the (title) track that changed it all for him… ‘There’s Nothing Like This’! And eventually got us to meet for the very first time before Gilles Peterson signed him on Talkin’ Loud.
Strangely enough, his liaison with Talkin’ Loud happened to be quite brief. Thus seeing him releasing a follow up-album – ‘Music’ – in 1992. This before switching to RCA two years later with ‘For Pleasure’. An album that saw him collaborating with David Frank of The System fame. And also with the late Leon Ware, Vanessa Simon, Maxton Beesley and Ray Parker, Jr. among others. With the whole givin’ birth to gems such as ‘Keep Steppin”, ‘Saturday’ and ‘Outside’. Meanwhile, from his 1997 ‘This Is Not A Love Song’ one would most likely remember ‘Say Nothin” and its alternative version featuring US Rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Omar opened his Third Millennium account with the delivery of his best ‘Best By Far’ album on French label Naïve. This seeing him covering William DeVaughn‘s classic ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’ (with its title shortened to ‘Be Thankful’), along with Erykah Badu.
Another six years on, then came his ‘Sing (If You Want It)’ album and the collaboration from extra luminaries. From Angie Stone to Common and Estelle (Swaray). This in addition to Stevie Wonder on the memorable ‘Feeling You’ which Ben Schwarz eventually remixed for Peppermint Jam. And the same extra period of time to see him collecting his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Then make his debut the year after on Freestyle Records with ‘The Man’. An album which features a new version of ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ (featuring guitarist Pino Palladino). But also ‘Treat You’ along with long time friend Caron Wheeler and remixing work courtesy of Opolopo.
2014 saw the release of ‘Stop War, Make Love’. A friendly version of ‘Fµ** War, Make Love’ from his ‘The Man’ album which got us to welcome him for a chat on these shores. Then, 3 years after, came ‘Love In Beats’, his last album to date. An effort that saw him jammin’ along luminaries such as Leon Ware and The Floacist. Not to mention Robert Glasper, Ty or Natasha Watts.
With (only) 8 albums since his debut, some might think Omar has taken his time. But this would be forgetting his collaborations with countless of his contemporaries. As a featured artist, a backing vocalist or a songwriter. Writing ‘I Should’ve Known Better’ along with Mica Paris and co-producing it back in 1990. But also contributing to Misty Oldland‘s ‘Got Me A Feeling’ 3 years later.
Just like Robert Owens, as already said elsewhere on these shores, and although comin’ from different surroundings, Omar has brilliantly showcased his versatility along with time. Collaborating with Maddslinky back in 2010 on the bouncing ‘Special’, then with The Layabouts in 2012 on ‘As Long As You Believe’. But also with Dilouya on ‘Over The Sun’ that same year. A cut which resurfaced in October 2017 on Foliage Records with remix courtesy of Atjazz. And what about the boiling ‘Ding Ding’ along with Hallex M and DJ Fudge, also given a new life by the beginning of 2018 as remixed by DJ Beloved?
The end of the Summer of 2018 seein’ him sharing the vocal duties along with Darien Dean on the Hallex M produced ‘Straight Up!’. A cut most likely destined to feature in our 10 essential tracks of the year.
Omar also ventured into African territories along with Boddhi Satva on ‘Benefit’. And he also joined Ralf GUM on ‘Love Core’ and, more recently LCO (Los Charly’s Orchestra) on ‘History’ which received the remix treatment courtesy of John Morales.
– Dwayne Tennant (DJ Beloved) is a multi-tasking man. He works as an assistant music programmer / producer /engineer on Roots NYC Live weekly Friday night mix show on WBLS. In other words, along with Kevin Hedge and Louie Vega!
He has amassed quite a music production and studio engineering discography with some of R&B & Dance Music’s elite. From Monifah, Stephanie Cooke and Kenny Bobien. Not to mention China Blac, Gerideau, Viola Sykes, and Kimara Lovelace to name a few. Eventually settin’ up what nowadays stands as a signature synonymous with absolute quality. With thanks to a bunch of First League remixes. From Tasha LaRae‘s ‘Find My Way’, also on Quantize Recordings. To Mike City feat. Dwele‘s ‘I Rock Wit U’ or Hallex M & DJ Fudge feat. Omar‘s ‘Ding Ding’ to name a few.
The end of 2018 standing as a turning point for him. This with the release of his ‘Hopeless Romantic’ debut-album on Quantize Recordings. And the presence of luminaries such as Will Downing and Gerideau. But also Sheree Hicks and Reggie Steele (‘Your Love’). The whole in addition to various remixes Beloved and the latter did along with time.