Single Of The Week: Mario Marques feat. CT Martin – Caught Up (Djeff Afrozila Vocal Remix) (Quantize Recordings)
All in all, I guess I’ll have to consider about asking to get some commission from Quantize label head DJ Spen. This for all the time I’ve been spending highlighting the continuous quality of his releases. With the last on the list – ‘Caught Up’ – by the likes of Portuguese producer Mario Marques makin’ no exception. With thanks to singer CT Martin’s heartfelt vocal performance.
In charge of the remix duties, Djeff Afrozila seems like havin’ reached another step as a matter of fact. This with this atmospheric blend. Thus bringin’ the whole to a rare emotional level.
‘Caught Up’ is definitely how one gets when listening to this gem. With the same applying to Kenny Carpenter‘s rework as a matter of fact, although in a different vein which some of you might prefer at the end. Let’s see which position is yours if you have any favorite. Feel free to let us know about your feelings. As usual, we gladly welcome your thoughts…
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– One of the most influential Portuguese Producers and DJs, Mario Marques has been early captured by the rhythms of Disco, Funk, R&B, Jazz and Soul Music. The latter being the main ingredients of the music he plays and produces.
Gifted with extreme versatility, one can often find him behind the decks exploring all House Music genres with the aim to give the audience pure moments of musical alchemy.
From his very first steps in the music industry in 1989, Mario has held residencies at the most prestigious venues of Portugal. He started getting abroad in 1994, with gigs at Ministry of Sound and Bar Rumba in London. Since then, he has played in several clubs around the world.
In 1997, David Morales invited him to work in the United States where he remained for 10 years. There he performed at diverse clubs and lounges: Liquid, Pacha New York, Centro Fly… And he also participated as a guest DJ to various radio shows on a regular basis.
Marques returned to the Portuguese DJ circuit back in May 2007, playing at the trendiest clubs. In addition, he often travels to Africa to perform in Angola’s biggest venues.
In the latest years, Mario Marques has devoted most of his time perfecting his skills as a Producer. Co-owner of Afrisoul Records, he has worked with vocal talents such as Michelle Weeks, Mi Casa, Troy Denari, and CT Martin among others. Meanwhile, he would release music on labels such as Purple Music, Quantize Recordings and Kazukuta Records.
Over 25 years after his musical journey started, it’s fair to say that the best is truly yet to come…
– Tiago Barros – Djeff Afrozila – saw the light in a city – Lisboa – standing among the cultural capitals in the world. A city along with Porto out of which what’s known as Lusophonia took shape before meeting some echo in almost all the continents. From Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea). To Asia (East Timor, Macau and Goa). Not to mention South America with Brazil.
Growing up in a European metropole got him to be exposed to 80’s Pop Music. Meanwhile, living in an African heritage with his dad hailing from Cape Verde and his mom from Angola commected him with the impressive cultural legacy of the continent. This with artists such as Kassav, Tabanka Djaz, Eduardo Paim and other Grace Evora. His older sister connecting him with Electronic Music via artists such as Daft Punk, Armand Van Helden, Robin S and Reel 2 Real to name a few. Eventually getting him to quote Erick Morillo among his absolute references in terms of DJing.
No matter how such an heritage would be for much on Djeff‘s approach went coming to create music. Pretty much breaking the boundaries while comin’ up with an amalgamation of diverse origins and backgrounds. With the latter being as many elements mirroring his own history. Therefore bringing together Afro, deep, tech and soulful vibes together as one…
To be honest, I have to admit I discovered him, almost by accident. Back in 2012, as a matter of fact. This when coming to have a listen to ‘Você Me Chamou’ which he crafted along with Alias Rhythm. The exquisite beauty of this gem getting me to want to know more about him. But also about the Angolan scene he’d become one of the ambassadors of with DJ Silyvi and Renato Xtrova. This after relocating in Luanda back in 2008.
From then, Djeff would establish himself as a serious reference in his adoptive country. But also, more widely, as an ambassador of African contemporary music. Thus bringin’ Lusophonia to new ears. Meanwhile collaborating with many of his pairs. From long time friend Silyvi to Alton Miller and Hallex M. Not to mention Mario Marques and CT Martin for whom he remixed ‘Caught Up’ on Quantize Recordings. But also launching his own Kazukuta Records label back in 2011. This with the aim to give exposure to upcoming new talents.
As off now, Djeff Afrozila has released a total of three albums. With all of them on Tribe Records. His first effort – ‘Soldier Ascension’ – comin’ to light back in 2013. A package out of which came the boiling ‘Celebration’ with remix courtesy of Manoo. This in addition to ‘Different’ featuring the sultry Kholi with remixing work by the likes of Josh Milan.
In 2015, he pretty much made the sensation while joinin’ forces with Ron Carroll on the firing ‘Love Vibration’. Then the year after, he delivered the soothing ‘Alright’ along with Miranda Nicole. And he also teamed up with South African singer Tumelo on ‘Keep On Smiling’.
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