Tennerz: Hallex M featuring Darien – Feeling (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) (Groove Odyssey)
“I got the feeling that you could be the one…” Looking back at this gem, I suppose it could have deserved a welcome in our 10 essential 2016 tracks. It didn’t get our full attention back then though. With the main reason being the fact that we were into the early steps of our migration process at the time.
Better late than never to give it a mention… With DJ Spinna givin’ us the opportunity to repair this injustice with this rework of his. Once again, the feeling of evidence prevails. As if the latter had appropriated this gem for himself. Bringing it to another galaxy while givin’ it his signature approach.
Here we obviously have people for whom (quality) music has a meaning. And this is most definitely something one can feel when givin’ a listen to this beautiful joint.
Forget about the ratings (Soulful House), as ‘Feeling’ goes way beyond this. Havin’ all the elements to get your following if into warm and classy Dance Music soundabytes.
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– Darien Dean is an artist with a purpose. Hailing from Mount Vernon, NY, he burst onto the scene with alluring vocals and a distinctive stage presence. As a result, no wonder how he became a staple in the Big Apple Soul music circuit. Regularly playing at venues such as Joe’s Pub, SOB’s and the Blue Note.
He mosty likely made his first classes along with Hip-Hop group The Colab by the end of the 90’s. Maturing his experience as both a singer, an MC and a dancer. But also developing his abilities as a producer, arranger and engineer. As many efforts which allowed him to craft an authentic approach to contemporary songwriting.
Darien got to international recognition after the release of ‘Alibi’ along with Reel People back in 2008. ‘If These Walls Could Talk’, his debut-album, met critical success receiving accolades such as SoulTracks.com 2009 “New Artist of the Year”. His spirited musical style earning him a coveted spotlight at the 2010 Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba. Eventually opening for Mary J. Blige.
The man has captured the interest of industry executives and enamored the Capital Jazz Festival audience. He earned the Budweiser Superfest 2010 Battle for the Crown of New York and ultimately the Grand Champion of the competition. His humble, yet star studded rise to fame placing him amongst the honorable ranks of Soul super heavyweights. Therefore adding his name to those of luminaries such Kem, Anthony Hamilton or Raheem DeVaughn.
2011 saw him teamin’ once again with Reel People on ‘Sure’. Meanwhile, the release of ‘All In Me’ along with Angela Johnson would lead to a Japanese tour. He eventually joined Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band the year after. Eventually takin’ the centerstage on ‘Where The Lights Meet The Music’.
More recently, in 2016, he joined forces with Hong Kong-based French DJ/producer Hallex M. Both of them delivering the soothing ‘Feeling’. A cut which DJ Spinna would give his instantly identifiable touch to a few months later.
Darien’s avant-garde delivery of timeless music with provocative social themes demands a rooted footing in the genre of Soul Music. “Music is my purpose and I create knowing the responsibility that commands…”, he states. Currently putting the finishing touches to his most ambitious project yet. A 3 CD album entitled ‘Notes From The Journey’…
– 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 quick look at Spinna‘s biography on Wikipedia unfortunately shows a blatant lack of knowledge by the likes of its writer. The latter rating him as a Hip-Hop producer from Brooklyn. Obviously neglecting by that our brother’s impressive contribution to other genres such as R&B and/or House Music…
Just like Kenny Dope, Spinna has an impressive Hip-Hop background. But he’s first and foremost a New Yorker. Meaning by that that he kept an ear open to everything. And I would tend to think everything as long as it was groovy. This explaining why and how he came to embrace different genres, as a producer but also a remixer. With his impressive legacy pretty much speakin’ for itself as a matter of fact.
The Hip-Hop crowd will most likely remember him for his contribution as a member of The Jigmastas. If not for his remix of ‘Stakes Is High’ for De La Soulby the seond half of the 90’s. Meanwhile those who happen to have both their feet into House Music should have Shaun Escoffery‘s 2001 ‘Days Like This’ first comin’ to their mind while thinkin’ of him.
To be honest, I’ve always found kinda difficult to put a name on Spinna‘s works, unless speakin’ of a classy and updated version of R&B or Soul Music with a groove if not Dance Music edge. Unsurprisingly, he gave an infectious Hip-Hop feel to Cooly’s Hot Box‘s ‘Make Me Happy’ that same year. Then he came to share the bill with Tortured Soul on the classic ‘Fall In Love’ back in 2002.
2003 seeing him givin’ a smooth swingin’ feel to Donnie‘s ‘memorable ‘Cloud 9’, but also reworking ‘You’ for Soulstation on West End Records. With Goapele‘s ‘Closer’, Tamia‘s ‘Still’ and Elements Of Life‘s ‘Better Day’ standing as his 2004’s highlights in addition to Alison Crockett‘s ‘Crossroads’.
Another year on and Spinna would cross the path of Roy Ayers while retouching ‘Holiday’. This before doin’ the same two years later on ‘Electric Vibes’. A masterpiece courtesy of Down To The Bone featuring Roy Ayers. Meanwhile, he would get back with Tortured Soul while remixing ‘Always In Heaven When I’m With You’ back in 2006. Then ‘Why’ in 2007 and ‘Dirty’ in 2013.
Launching his Wonderwax label back in 2003, he shared the bill with Rich Medina on the spoken words led ‘Reality’. Eventually producing the stellar ‘Unconditional Love” for Selan the year after. Then welcoming Gordon Chambers with ‘Never Fall In Love’ in 2007. And he also happened to craft the soothing ‘You Should Be Loving Me’ with Ovasoul7 in 2008. This before producing ‘In My Fantasy’ for Tortured Soul a few months later.
More recently, he infectiously boosted Neal Conway and Dana Weaver‘s ‘Fading Away’. But also ‘You Got This’ for Real Deep with the sultry Jaidene Veda and MdCL. Then we welcomed his rework of Hallex M featuring Darien‘s ‘Feeling’ as our Single Of The Week at the time. This in addition to LeMel Humes‘ ‘Ain’t Nobody Like You’ which received the same treatment from us a few weeks later. Not to mention The Foreign Exchange‘s ‘Body’ which got into our Top 10 back then.
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