Classics: Inner City – Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Def Mix) (10 Records)
‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin”… I suppose I can say I belong to the category of those who’ve always preferred the original to the copy. Nevertheless, life has taught me to always keep my mind open as one can regularly find exceptions to the rule. Is it to say though I have here an inclination for one rather the other? Well, no! As both versions of ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” just have what it takes to let them stand apart. From Stephanie Mills‘s original version with production work courtesy of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas back in 1979. To its revamp 10 years after with remixing work by the likes of Frankie Knuckles and David Morales…
No doubt as to how Stephanie Mills made it at the time. This is not a reason to pass on this cover version though as Inner City really does it too. From Paris Grey‘s vocal performance bringing it to another level. To its reconstruction carrying all the elements that made the Def Mix signature standing apart. Beginning with its stellar keys courtesy of Eric Kupper on lazy rumblin’ bassline driven rhythm part.
One would rate Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” as Deep House back in the day. But I would tend to see it more as Deep R&B at the end. Wouldn’t you???
Whatcha gonna do with my lovin”. Either Mills‘s or Inner City‘s? Or why not both of them. You let us know…
– Inner City saw the light back in 1988, from the reunion between Chicagoan female singer Paris Gray and Detroit producer Kevin Saunderson. Quite strange though remembering Virgin-UK introduced their debut-single – ‘Big Fun’ – as the first Techno record ever… Of course, Saunderson is highly renowned as one of the Belleville Three (along with Juan Atkins and Derrick May) who originated the Detroit Techno sound. Of course, he also made his reputation from Techno tracks he released under different guises such as Reese & Santonio or The Reese Project. But Inner City happened to be quite different from what one used to put out in the Motorcity back then.
As a matter of fact, and as Saunderson admitted in an interview we had back in the day, Inner City got highly influenced by the New York vibes. And this, most likely because of his countless trips to the Big Apple at the time. A reality which is even more obvious when comin’ to listen to a gem such as ‘Pennies From Heaven’ (in a Ten City vein). But also ‘Ain’t Nobody Better’, ‘Till We Meet Again’ and ‘Do You Love What You Feel’. Not to mention their cover version of Stephanie Mills‘s classic ‘What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin”.
Inner City released 3 albums – ‘Paradise’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Praise’ – between 1989 and 1992. Meanwhile Kevin Saunderson has heavily developped his KMS record label.
– A quick typing – ‘David Morales’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – Frankie Knuckles. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.
A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry, David Morales grew up during Dance Music’s most influential era. Thus, unsurprisingly frequenting its legendary clubs such as The Loft and The Paradise Garage.
As a result, it wasn’t long before he started his own nightclub – the Ozone Layer – in Brooklyn, by the beginning of the 80’s. His residency which lasted until 1986 eventually leading him to spin at The Paradise Garage in 1983. The 80’s seeing him DJing later at Newark, NJ’s famous The Zanzibar. With the latter standing as the craddle of the famous Jersey Sound also known as Garage. But also joining forces with Frankie Knuckles and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.
All in all, on his own or along with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales has remixed and produced over 500 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on ‘Mine To Give’ by the likes of British Junglist Photek along with Robert Owens. But also working along Brit-Soul / Acid Jazz activists. From James Taylor Quartet feat. Noel McCoy‘s ‘I Love The Life’. To the Brand New Heavies‘ ‘Never Stop’, Loose Ends‘ ‘Love’s Got Me’ and Imagination‘s ‘Instinctual’. Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘8.3.1.’. And how to not think of Alison Limerick‘s ‘Where Love Lives’ or Incognito‘s ‘Always There’ among others?!?
Of course, David Morales made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’, ‘Finally’ and ‘My Piece Of Heaven’, respectively for Robert Owens, CeCe Peniston and Ten City. This in addition to Ce Ce Rogers‘ ‘All Join Hands’, Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” and Richard Rogers‘ ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’. If not Doug Lazy‘s ‘H.O.U.S.E.’.
But, just like Frankie Knuckles, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Mariah Carey (‘Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)’) with whom he established a long term working relationship. But also Luther Vandross (‘The Rush’) and Alexander O’Neal (‘What Is This Thing Called Love’). This in addition to Miles Jaye (‘Heaven’) and Whitney Houston (‘Love Will Save The Day’).
Meanwhile, under his own banner, Morales also made quite an impression. Beginning with his debut-album and single of the likes – ‘The Program’ – as David Morales & The Bad Yard Club back in 1993. But also ‘Needin’ U’ as The Face, five years later. And how to not remember ‘Golden Era’ along with Róisín Murphy? A cut which stood among the essential tracks of the year 2012… Or, more recently, ‘Lovin” as The Face feat. Kym Mazelle. And ‘There Must Be Love’ as fronted by Janice Robinson. This with remix courtesy of Nigel Lowis, which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then…
– A quick look at the credits of Eric Kupper on his Discogs page gives a significant view of his contribution in the maturation of contemporary music. Meanwhile explaining the regular mentions of him on these shores.
A songwriter, arranger, musician, producer and DJ, he came to reccognition by the second half of the 80’s. Playing keyboards along with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles and eventually becoming a member of the Def Mix crew. His name is associated with some of the biggest classics in the history of House Music. From Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie featuring Robert Owens‘ ‘Tears’ which he co-produced. To Satoshi Tomiie featuring Arnold Jarvis‘s ‘And I Loved You’. But also L.A. Mix‘s ‘Love Together’. Then Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin”. Not to mention Robert Owens‘ ‘Visions’, Ce Ce Peniston‘s ‘Finally’ and Alexander O’ Neal‘s ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ to name a few…
Although he came to leave Def Mix to focus on his own activities and launch his label (Hysteria) in the mid-90’s, he always maintained contact with Knuckles. Eventually setting up the famous Director’s Cut Mix signature with him in the years after. And also contributing to his famous classic ‘The Whistle Song’. Meanwhile, one could also remember the vibrant ‘Missing You’ by Artful & Ridney featuring Terri Walker. A track which he was supposed to remix with Knuckles and finally reworked on his own as a tribute to him.
Kupper has released 3 albums under the Eric Kupper presents K-Scope guise. Remember ‘Latin Blues Pt. 1’??? Meanwhile the most recent, ‘Electrikiss’ saw the light in January 2009 after a ten year hiatus. He also came to reform C+C Music Factory with Robert Clivillés back in 2010. The twosome releasing ‘Music 4 The Soul’ back in 2014, then ‘Set Me Free’ featuring Kimberly Davis in 2017.
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