Single Of The Week: Joey Negro – Must Be The Music (The Original Disco Mix) (Z Records)
Question: how to ever do a better version than the original?
Answer: follow what Joey Negro did on ‘Must Be The Music’…
Many of you might argue the fact that 18 years have gone since ‘Music Be The Music’ first saw the light. And, in the meantime, that our environment has pretty much changed. But it’s never easy at the end to respond to such a challenge. With countless examples comin’ up as as many illustrations to such a reality.
Hopefully, times have changed as already said. This allowing Negro to work out a different persepctive. Forgetting about the filtered sounds that were around in the late 90’s. And most definitely comin’ up with a new instrumentation of the whole. And what a transformation he brought to the whole…
From the original, he just kept the chorus backing vocals featuring Taka Boom. As for the rest, it’s a totally different affair. With new drums, music and verse vocals courtesy of the late Diane Charlemagne.
‘Must Be The Music’ brings us back to the souvenir of ‘Return To The Future’. With Joey Negro showing the way to return Disco to the current times.
Hard to not feel an instant impression of freshness. Which is all what the biggest episodes in Disco have been about at the end. To make it short, it’s as if we were in front an unlikely meeting between Chic and these musicians who crafted the sound of groups like Change, the B.B. & Q. Band or High Fashion. Eventually reminding of the latter’s ‘Starlette’ as a matter of fact…
Must be the music… Most definitely!
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An incredible vocal talent and some definitive writing skills have allowed Diane Charlemagne to embrace like very few countless forms of music. From R&B to Soul, Jazz, House and Drum & Bass.
The Manchester native first rose to fame back at the end of the 80’s along with R&B band 52nd Street.
Managed by the ex-wife of Tony Wilson (the Hacienda), she eventually collaborated with Howie B and Doobie (of the Soul II Soul fame).
She got her breakthrough under the form of the memorable ‘Inner City Life’ where she shared the duties with famous junglist Goldie. She would then follow with a couple of hits for her as the lead singer of Urban Cookie Collective. The end of the 90’s seeing her digging deeper into Dance Music territories along with Judge Jules. But also Mutiny UK, K-Klass and Satoshi Tomiie. Not to mention Moby whom she’d toured with.
She is also remembered for her collaborations with UK Disco Don Joey Negro.
Diagnosed with kidney cancer the previous year, Charlemagne sadly died of the disease on Oct. 28 2015, at the age of 51…