Classics: Jonny Montana & Dawn Williams – New Me (Frankie Feliciano Vocal Mix) (Solid Ground Recordings)
‘New Me…’ Or in other words like a new birth! Jonny Montana‘s signature (on his own as with Craig Stewart) is synonymous with top quality arrangements. And so is UK label Solid Ground Recordings which stands as some Ali Baba’s cavern for those in search of first league gems. Meanwhile, Frankie Feliciano, in charge of the remix duties, has made himself a reputation for quite some time already.
As many names in the position to deliver the Holy Grail with Dawn Williams comin’ up with a rare energy. A ‘new’ me feeling which Feliciano brilliantly enhances on his irresistibly bumpin’ rework, taken from the label’s 2012 Miami Sampler…
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Coming from a background rich in music and culture, it is no wonder that Frankie Feliciano has become one of the House Music community’s most respected denizens. Living in Brooklyn, Frankie grew up in home filled with music. His grandfather was a musician in Puerto Rico. And his father regularly played and sang in bands in New York.
As an adolescent in the early 80’s, he got exposed to the vibrant Hip-Hop culture that was exploding all over New York City. He then soon convinced his parents to buy him some DJ gear. That would be the genesis of Frankie‘s DJ career… A 14 year old, cutting, scratching and mimicking what he heard at block parties and on underground Hip-Hop radio shows.
Frankie got soon after into House Music through his older cousins who were regulars at The Paradise Garage. Meanwhile, his first club-going experience was at Hearthrobs’s, whose resident was a then relatively unknown ‘Little’ Louie Vega. As Frankie continued to develop as a DJ, he took his inspiration from giants such as Shep Pettibone, Tony Humphries and Timmy Regisford.
After a brief stint working in promotions at Strictly Rhythm Records in 1990, he moved into DJing and producing full time. His first serious paid gig being at none other than the Ministry Of Sound in London.
Frankie is a superb DJ, who built himself a reputation for his brilliant programming and technical skills. He is an amazing producer whose works have garnered him acclaim for years. He’s produced gems as ‘Don’t Ever Give Up’, ‘The Real Thing’, ‘Hindsight’ and ‘Invitation”. And delivered top class remixes of anthems. From Kenny Bobien (‘Father’) to DJ Gregory (‘Elle’) and Ernest Saint Laurent (‘We Are One’). To Jon Cutler & Eman (‘It’s Yours’), MAW feat. Lynae (‘Life Is But A Dream’) and Reel People feat. Darien (‘Sure’). But also Matthew Bandy & Josh Milan (‘Wish’) and DeepCitySoul feat. Darryl D’Bonneau (‘Peace’). Not to mention The Real feat. Tony Momrelle (‘Time’) or Jonny Montana Dawn & Williams (‘New Me’). And, more recently, Kyle ‘Small’ Smith feat Krystal Dixon‘s ‘Innocent Kind’.
Besides, Frankie also appeared on a myriad of cameo guises. Venturing into Jazz/House territories as Gigolo Supreme with cuts such as ‘After The Storm’, ‘City Life’ and ‘Gigolo’s Anthem’. But also teamin’ up with Carol Sylvan on ‘Keep Reaching’ as Halo. Or with Kenny Bobien with ‘My Joy’ as Nulife.
Frankie crossed borders and reached new heights as an innovator in a now full digital world. He has been one of the first to embrace mp3’s as a viable medium for Dance Music.