Tennerz: LeMel Humes – Ain’t Nobody Like You (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) (Quantize Recordings)
We already told you all the best a couple of months ago about LeMel Humes‘s ‘Ain’t Nobody Like You’. A song which he wrote and produced for R&B songstress Miki Howard back in 1992, before givin’ it a cover version…
Well, the good news is that ‘Ain’t Nobody Like You’ looks set to go for another round via some remixing work courtesy of DJ Spinna. With the result sounding like another smoothie as one might expect. Most likely due to find a mention in a second volume of our 10 essential Quantize Recordings gems. And as if it wasn’t already enough, Jihad Muhammad delivers an extra rework also pretty much worth the mention…
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– Considering the career of Buffalo, NY-born LeMel Humes, I guess it’s fair to say he’s the perfect example of an accomplished builder.
Studying Civil engineering at The University Of Buffalo, he went on to work for his father’s construction company. Some of their projects including the Buffalo Hilton, The Buffalo Marriott and The Buffalo City Mission. But the man, who relocated to Los Angeles, CA, also took some role as a composer, songwriter and producer.
As a matter of fact, one can find the first traces of him back in 1982 as the producer of the highly sought after ‘Dance So Fine’ for the transient Nijel guise on Fantasy Records. Some mysterious name to me back then speaking of which I red somewhere this was none other but Humes himself.
From then, he would collaborate with an impressive list of luminaries. From Miki Howard to Stacy Lattisaw. But also Stephanie Mills or Lavine Hudson. Not to mention Thelma and Whitney Houston.
Delivered with a remix courtesy of Timmy Regisford, ‘Ain’t Nobody Like You’ marks a pretty much surprising return from LeMel Humes after some 35 years. A second package seeing the light soon after with remixing work courtesy of DJ Spinna.
– 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.