Tennerz: Louie Vega starring Adeva – I Deserve To Breathe (Louie Vega Gene Perez Bass Mix) (Vega Records)
“What’s goin’ on in my world? I deserve to breathe…” God knows how each of us happens to feel like this at times, don’t we? This in a world where today’s headline most likely becomes tomorrow’s fish n chips paper! Do we have to see in this a response to Jamiroquai‘s ‘Virtual Insanity’? If not, at least an echo. Judging by the lyrics of this song co-written by Lem Springsteen (of famous NYC production pair Mood II Swing).
‘I Deserve To Breathe’ sees the return of Jersey singer Patricia Daniels aka Adeva. Therefore putting an end to a long hiatus. A brilliant performer whom you might remember of for her cover version of ‘Respect’ or ‘Musical Freedom’ with Paul Simpson. Not to mention ‘I Thank You’ to a lesser extend along with Smash Productions to name a few.
The production is, as you might expect, stellar, over a bouncing bassline. Running in a fascinating progression along with the singer’s interrogations about this dehumanized environment appearing like today’s rule on the self-proclaimed… social networks. Something we’re fully subscribing to!
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A Patterson, NJ native, Patricia Daniels happened to be the youngest of 6 children. She crafted up her voice as a member, then director and vocal coach of her church choir. She made her professional debut back in 1988, releasing her debut single – ‘In And Our Of My Life’ – on Easy Street.
The very first time I heard her singing though brings me back to the memorable days of Jeff Young‘s Big Beat show on Radio 1. He eventually played ‘Musical Freedom’ that saw her sharing the duties with Carmen Marie and producer Paul Simpson. A cut made famous for brilliantly integrating samples of Toney Lee‘s ‘Reach Up’. And also fragments of Martin Luther King‘s ‘I have a dream’ speech. Meawnhile, she would get one of her biggest successes that same year with a cover version of ‘Respect’. A 1965 Otis Redding cut which became an Aretha Franklin‘s signature song 2 years later.
Adeva‘s eponymous debut-album saw the light the year after. In addition to ‘Respect’ and ‘Musical Freedom’, it featured extra gems such as ‘Warning’ and ‘I Thank You’. She delivered her second album – ‘Love Or Lust’ – in 1991. But the latter failed to chart despite the presence of extra goodies such as ‘It Should Have Been Me’ and ‘Don’t Let Show On Your Face’. As a result, her label – Cooltempo – released her from her contract the year after.
Adeva would nevertheless return to the light in 1995. This time with Frankie Knuckles on ‘Too Many Fish’, then ‘Whadda U Want (From Me). And, last but not least, ‘Walkin”. She released an extra album – ‘New Direction’ – in 1997, but failed to get extra success. She progressively disappeared from the radar soon after. Makin’ a welcome return 18 years later along with Louie Vega. Taking the centerstage on both ‘I Deserve To Breathe’ and ‘In The Morning’ from his ‘Starring XXVIII’ album.