Tennerz: Kenny Thomas – Your Love (Simon Grey Remix) (Solus)
Not to be missed with Chic‘s gem of the likes, ‘Your Love’ just highlights once again Kenny Thomas‘s obvious concern about the matter.
More than 25 years have gone since we first heard him singin’. And what made him standin’ so apart – his voice but also his flow – is more than ever alive. As beautifully demonstrated by his performance of the uplifting ‘Your Love’. With Simon Grey turnin’ it into a bumpin’ Jazz/Funk affair. And Opolopo givin’ it an atmospheric stellar Funk feel…
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– Who could ever predict the one who’d been a boxer then a BT techician would ever become a singer?!? And not any singer. But a First League performer who managed to get a bunch of gems in the charts.
A native of Islington, London, Kenny Thomas attended the Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School in Hackney. With thanks to a unique voicing, he went straight under the spotlights with his cover version of the Gap Band‘s classic ‘Outstanding’ back in 1991. From then, Thomas would get another three single in the charts. Beginning with ‘Thinking About Your Love’, his biggest classic ever. Then ‘Best Of You’ and ‘Tender Love’. In other words, enough to have his debut-album – ‘Voices’ – peakin’ at #3 in the UK Albums Chart. And get him nominated for an award in two categories at the Brit Awards the year after.
His follow-up – ‘Wait For Me’- came to light in 1993, including contributions from Nu Colours and the Young Disciples. With its lead single – ‘Trippin’ On Your Love’ – comin’ up at #17 position in the UK Singles Chart. Meanwhile, another single, ‘When I Think Of You’, saw light back in 1995 as a teaser to his third album which remained unreleased due to a split with his record label.
Thomas went off the radars for about 10 years. Reducing his activities to a bunch of underground collabs before resurfacing with a brand new album – ‘Crazy World’ – on Curb Records back in 2006. A Blue-Eyed Soul talent like say Mario Biondi, he opened his scope to extra vibes such as House. Eventually teamin’ up with Phil Hooton on ‘Sunshine Girl’. But also Eric Kupper on ‘Baby It’s You’ back in 2012. And he kept on covering classics in the meantime. From Gwen McCrae‘s ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ to The System‘s ‘You Are In My System’. Not to mention joinin’ forces with up and coming bands such as Cool Million (‘Without Your Love’) and The Doggett Brothers (‘You Make Me Feel’). With his latest gem to date – ‘Your Love’ – receiving the remixing treament of Simon Grey, Opolopo and Nigel Lowis.
– Lookin’ in the list of possible remixers for someone to give a contemporary (if not futuristic) feel to your music? Then chances are great you would find Opolopo on top of it along with others studio wizards such as Atjazz, Henrik Schwarz or Aki Bergen. This pretty much depending on the direction you want to give to your work, as a matter of fact.
Speakin’ of Hungary, Peter Major (Opolopo) hardly knows more than the fact it happened to be his native country. Her mom deciding to leave it during the communist period. This during a visit she made to his dad (himself a musician) who was touring in Sweden at the time. With the whole family changing nationality soon after.
Sweden being a country where Jazz has an undeniable meaning – with thanks to its prolific scene – no wonder how it got an echo on Opolopo‘s construction. As DJ, a remixer or an artist on his own rights.
Opolopo released his first album – ‘Omnifarious’ – back in 2003 on Australian label Collision Records. And he got commissioned to do his first remix two years later. This while retouching ‘Freeze The Cut’ for Comfort Fit feat. Blaktroniks on Japanese label Tokyo Dawn Records. From then, he has dropped 4 extra albums with his latest – ‘Superconductor’ – back in 2015 on Joey Negro‘s Z Records label. Meanwhile collaborating with luminaries such as Keni Burke (‘So Good’) and Paul Randolph (‘Sustain’). But also Taka Boom (‘Feels Good 2 Me’) and the late Diane Charlemagne (‘Round And Round’).
As a remixer, Opolopo made quite an impression with his rework of Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet‘s ‘This Is What You Are’ back in 2007. But he most likely would get his breakthrough 5 years after with his Rerub’ of Gregory Porter‘s seminal ‘1960 What?’. This masterpiece bringin’ him on everyone’s lips lookin’ for the next sensation. Beginning with ours since we’ve relaunched IDMW back by the beginning of the Summer 2014. And most definitely standing among those we tend to champion the (re)works of.
His list of the likes is quite impressive with more than 100 quotes on Discogs to date and 350 on Traxsource. From Sandy Barber‘s ‘I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own)’ to Ferry Ultra feat. Gwen McCrae‘s ‘Let Me Do My Thang’. But also Deep Tenor City‘s ‘Oba’ and Jarrod Lawson‘s ‘Sleepwalkers’. Not to mention Los Charly’s Orchestra‘s ‘All Around The World’ and Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Picket Fence’in 2015. Then what about The Jacksons‘ ‘Everybody’ which he’d retouched the year before? Or Omar feat. Caron Wheeler‘s ‘Treat You’ the year after???