First Listen: Lydia Harrell – Heard It All Before (Reel People Vocal Mix) (Reel People Music)
“Heard it all before…” Indeed, those of you familiar with Sunshine Anderson‘s original version of the likes should have. But here we go with a brand new take of it. And what a soothing reconstruction this is, with that typical flavor one hardly find anywhere else than in the U.K. With Reel People in charge of the production. Featuring Broken Beat wizard Kaidi Tatham on Keyboards and Ernie McKone on bass and guitar. Altogether creating the perfect environment for Lydia Harrell to express her feelings in the nicest way…
“Heard it all before…” Here we go with what stands as the opening chapter of a new life to come. And, in the meantime, the final one of a love affair speakin’ of which there’s nothing more left to say after too many lies.
Is this soulful House Music as stated on Traxsource? Is this upbeatish Soul Music? Who cares at the end as the overall feeling is the thing that counts. And Harrell beautifully does her thing at the end…
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– Lydia Harrell is one of Boston’s finest musical treasures. Her sultry, soulful voice and evocative songwriting… As many things which have garnered her the attention and respect of the nation’s finest musicians and venues.
Jazz/Soul is where her heart is as a matter of fact. However, Lydia has shown an unbreakable ability to mold herself into any musical situation at the end. Be it while performing with the Boston Pops. Serenading NBA fans with America’s National Anthem. Or lending her vocal talents to chart-topping Deep House single ‘I Ain’t Mad’ produced by Reel People… Her dedication to extracting the pure essence of a song just goes virtually unmatched. Such as her heartfelt performance of ‘Heard It All Before’ along with the same production team.
Lydia consistently performs in more than 150 shows a year. Not only as a solo act. But also in collaborations with other artists such as world renowned Jazz musician, Bobby Floyd. Or as one-half of the The Lady Parts with Ryan Montbleau.
– Reel People mastermind Oli Lazarus has (definitely) come a long way. The first traces of him bringin’ us back to the days when he was at the command of London-based Flying record store. This is where he would find the necessary food to jump into production work. Although he had no skills back then. Be it in terms of songwriting as studio recording.
A good commander is the one who surrounds himself with the right people… This is exactly what he did before coming to drop his first release, ‘Spiritual’, back in 2001. For this to happen, he came under the guidance of West London producer Phil Asher. But also recruited multi instrumentalist Nathan Haines. Then collaborated with Chilly Funk engineer Tom Davidson. With the latter eventually becoming the second core member of Reel People. The tune finding a home on Papa Records, standing as their first release ever. Another single, ‘Reeltime’, soon followed. Then Reel People began to gain a reputation as a fresh new production outfit. At the crossroad between House and Broken Beat.
Oli came across the talent of pianist Mike Patto. This happened while auditioning musicians for studio sessions. And this is how the latter became a permanent member of Reel People.
Working with Dyanna Fearon, Reel People began to take shape as a band as opposed to a studio-based outfit. This bringing jams such as ‘Butterflies, ‘Second Guess’ and more to life. Meanwhile the group grew up while integrating new regular collaborators. From Phil Asher to Seiji and Afronaught to nane a few.
Reel People received extra support with Defected head Simon Dunmore licensing their ‘Second Guess’ debut-album. As a result, the critics raved and the DJ’s salivated. Then what readily became described as “the best British Dance album in years” brought much warranted attention to the group. And a tour would then follow…
From then, Reel People have established themselves as a driving force in the British scene. As a band, as remixers with both their labels (Papa Records and Reel People Music) synonymous with top quality music.
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