First Listen! Mark Francis feat. Mike City – I Need Your Love (Abicah Soul Rub Mix) (Tribe Records)
By the association who gave us gems such as ‘London Girls’ and ‘Time Move On’… NJ-born Mark Francis and Mike City touching the hearts and souls with the delicately appealing ‘I Need Your Love’. A gem to which Chicago-based studio guru Abicah Soul gives extra emphasis and deepness on his piano/synth led syncopated ‘Rub Mix’.
Bringing us back to the heydays of Deep House in the Windy City…
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– Mark Francis has become a force to count with. An avid music listener and collector, he studied the artistry of the insanely talented DJ’s that influenced his career such as Tyrone Francis, Timmy Regisford, and Jihad Muhammad.
Mark developed his own niche; an innate ability to ride and blend tracks that take the dancer on a rhythmic journey. Since 2008, he’s been a member of the Shelter family.
On the production front, he put out his first EP, ‘London Girls’ on London label Tribe Records by late 2014. Since then, he has dropped regular gems on labels such as Tribe, Quantize Recordings and Makin Moves among others. With many of them catching our attention on these shores. From productions such as ‘I Need Your Love’ along with Mike City. To remixes such as ‘I Fantasize’ or ‘The Cure’ for The Rhythm Sessions featuring Portia Monique to name a few. With O’Man Blues feat. Dindy‘s ‘Rise’ makin’ no exception…
– DJ Stax (aka Abicah Soul Project) grew up in Chicago during the days of the Warehouse and Muzic Box. Something one could feel on both his mixes and productions, heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy. He began deejaying in 1983, when he was only 12 years old, and has been a staple in the Chi-town rave and club scene ever since.
As a producer, Stax has dropped releases on Classic, Jellybean, Rush Hour, and Wha? Roots among other labels. An in-demand remixer, his name stands next to those of Telepopmusik, Osunlade and Glenn Underground among many others. His signature soulful, deeply-rooted yet edgy Afro-Latin sound—evidenced by recent tracks such as ‘Musique De Ve’ (Eargasmic) is unique in Dance Music today and defies categorization. Imagine a meeting betwwen Joe Claussell, Isolée and Osunlade, and you’re on the right track.
His work has been compared to that of Jazzanova and Quentin Harris. And, as a DJ/producer, he is one of the best-kept and most-cherished secrets in Deep House.