Single Of The Week: Luka feat. Sio Blackwidow – Yum Yum (N’Dinga Gaba Global Diplomacy Soul Remix) (We Go Deep)
‘Yum Yum’ or yummie yummie, should I rather say about this definitive jewel. With N’Dinga Gaba bringin’ us to soothing territories. What a sweet and peaceful impression he delivers over a delicate African House-influenced rhythm pattern. With South African songstress Sio Blackwidow somehow reminding of Erin Leah at times (remember ‘Radio Billie’ which N’Dinga remixed as well!).
‘Yum Yum’… Just what it says from the very first note…
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– Anthony Kasirivu AKA Luka is a South African producer on a mission. Luka standing as an acronym for Love, Unity and Kenetic energy (in) Action. He dropped his first single – ‘Glasgow Blues’ – on Omid Nourizadeh’s Alola Records label back in 1999. Then he would get back to producing after a 5 year hiatus teamin’ up with Ivica Lazarevic on the ‘MidEvil Disko’ EP in a minimal mood.
Speaking of his music, Luka describes it as a blend of various influences. From Lounge, Nu Jazz, soulful Hip-Hop and deep Dub. To Techno, Tribal and Electro-acoustic to name a few. Quoting Pezzner, Shur-I-Kan, and Andre Lodemann among his favorite artists…
Therefore, no wonder as to how he stands among those cats into lavish, lucious and always deep minded vibes. So deep are his productions, that he even named his recently formed label We Go Deep, in homage to his musical preferences. A growing amount of taste makers steadily getting behind his music along with time.
– N’Dinga Gaba has been on the music scene for more than two decades as a DJ, producer, musician and composer.
Hailing from Central African Republic although based in Baltimore, MD, N’Dinga has embraced a variety of musical styles over his career. He has played with several symphony orchestras and Jazz bands as a trombonist. And as a DJ, he has toured with Hip-Hop and Rock acts. And he is most likely proficient in all styles of electronic music.
Also known as The Diplomat, DJ Nuclear, and The Love House Movement, N’Dinga’s musical style is hard to define. You can find his music and remixes on many labels, such as Foliage Records, Peng Records and Sole Channel. This in addition to Code Red / Quantize Recordings and King Street. Thus standing on an impressive amount of one of a kind pieces of music as a matter of fact.
Among the first productions / mixes of his coming to mind would certainly be ‘Until You’. A firing gem that saw him sharing the bill productionwise with Code Red label head DJ Spen. With Marc Evans takin’ the centerstage vocally speakin’ on this partial interpolation of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’ back in 2012.
That same year (2012) seeing him crafting extra monsterjams for the label. From his magnetic remix of the vibrant ‘Let It Be Love’ by the likes of Mark Di Meo feat. Nickson. To both ‘Rocker’ and ‘Radio Billie Stereo Ella’ for Erin Leah. Even though the firts traces of him bring us back to 2007 and the release of ‘Queen’ along with Scotty P on SOLE Channel Music with remixes courtesy of Mr V and Reelsoul.
Hard to give a specific hat when speakin’ of the man, we said earlier on. Illustration with ‘Everything’ that saw him sharing the duties with producers Ross Hillard and Tom Wardle and singer Natasha Watts. This under the THR33 guise back in 2015 before receiving a remix courtesy of Louie Vega the year after. But also with ‘Beautiful Humans’ which he retouched for Boddhi Satva feat. Les Nubians in 2017. That same year seeing him reconditioning ‘Yum Yum’ for Luka feat. Sio Blackwidow which we eventually welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then.
2018 getting us to enjoy another blast of his. This under the form of the composite ‘Lifelines’ for Zo! feat. Dornik on Foliage Records.
In addition to this, N’Dinga has launched his own label – Global Diplomacy – by the end of 2014. Thus putting out extra jewels. From Namy feat. Miwa‘s ‘Lift Me Away’ to Troy Denari‘s ‘Tembaco’. Not to mention ‘Beautiful’ along with Jaidene Veda and Josh Milan, among others…