This Beat Is Mine! (*) Lil’ Louis & The World – Nyce N Slo (FFRR)
‘French Kiss’, ‘I Called U’, ‘Blackout’, the evokative ‘Nyce N Slo’… As many jams which displayed the various facets of the man on his debut-album – ‘From The Mind Of Lil’ Louis’ – back in 1989. And, in the meantime, his feelings and / or interrogations about love matters.
There’s definitely something of Prince in him. I mean in the spirit. With this lascivious and sensuous jam sounding like havin’ eventually found some inspiration in the memorable ‘First Time Around’ by the likes of Skyy.
Of course, one can’t deny that Louis hails from the (Chicago) House scene, but this one definitely has an infectious R&B feel…
Do it… nyce n slo!
This Beat Is Mine! (*)
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A native of Chicago, Lil’ Louis naturally found influences from his dad – Bobby Sims – a jazz cat who happened to play along with B.B. King among others.
Lil’ Louis eventually made his debut behind the decks in the mid-70’s at the early age of 12. Meanwhile the memorable ‘French Kiss’ would mark his debut on FFRR/Epic back in 1989. This with additional vocal courtesy of Shawn Christopher. Most likely a universal Pop hit as a matter of fact. Itself standing among the highlights of his ‘From The Mind Of Lil Louis’ debut-album. This with extra gems such as the bumpin’ ‘I Called U’ and ‘Blackout’. Not to mention the intoxicating ‘Nyce N Slo’ pretty much reminding of Skyy‘s ‘First Time Around’.
Another album – ‘Journey With The Lonely’ – followed three years after. Thus bringin’ Louis back to the forefront with a couple of cuts. From ‘Club Lonely’ to the infectious ‘Saved My Life’ featuring Joi Cardwell. Then, the big silence for what seemed like an eternity apart from ‘Freedom (Make It Funky)’ which he produced back in 1995 for Black Magic (Strictly Rhythm). Then a remix of ‘Flashback’ for Laurent Garnier on F-Communications two years later. With the bouncing ‘Clap Your Hands’ (a non-album single) closing his account on FFRR/Epic that same year.
The end of the 90’s not only saw Lil’ Louis activating a new guise by the likes of A Lil’ Louis Painting. But also opening his account on King Street/Nitegrooves. Beginning with the hypnotic ‘Stormy Black’ back in 1997. From then on, he went to produce ‘Misery’ for Kimara Lovelace. Meanwhile, his own ‘Give It Up’ received the remix treatment courtesy of Masters At Work and Frankie Feliciano. With 2009 seeing him releasing his third album – Two Sides To Every Story’ – on his own Lil’ Louis Painting label.
He went on to release ‘Fable’ with remixes courtesy of Frankie Knuckles, Anthony Nicholson and Glenn Underground. Then he remixed ‘Can’t Be Without’ for Carlton (2012) and ‘The Ism’s’ for Glenn Underground the year after.
On Jan 24, 2015, Louis suffered permanent sound-induced hearing loss in his left ear during a soundcheck in Manchester. This after a compressed air horn had been let off next to him.