Tennerz: Michelle Weeks – So Incredible (Earl Tutu, John Khan & DJ Spen Miami 2016 Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
“So incredible…” I guess as long as you still can feel this sensation of astonishment life keeps on being worth the living. “So incredible…” To see artists keepin’ on expressing their talent with so much faith. This in an environment that has harmed so much music.
One of the most awaited releases for the Winter Music Conference. In other words, the yearly collection from Quantize Recordings. Among its definitive highlights and opening it, the aptly titled ‘So Incredible’ by the likes of Michelle Weeks. A lady gifted with one of the most outstanding voices of her generation. Herself ideally served by up and coming British remixing pair Earl Tutu and John Khan along with label mastermind DJ Spen. The threesome crafting a vibrant and sparkling piece of soulful House. Don’t you think?
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– Born in Brooklyn, NY where she grew up, Michelle Weeks was most definitely destined to become an entertainer. Captivating audiences at the early age of 4. Then eventually winning the prestigious Herman Stevens Award for Gospel the year after.
A graduate of the famed LaGuardia School of Music & Art, she went on to perform on Broadway. Thus debuting in the musical, ‘The Tap Dance Kid’. Her role as the Queen of New York in the Las Vegas production of ‘Madhattan’ affording her the opportunity to perform for stars like Debbie Allen. But also Ben Vereen, David Cassidy and James Ingram just to name a few
Michelle also starred in the cult film classic ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ where she played the role of Ronnette. And she has landed her unique voice on various commercials and soundtracks. Not to mention her contributions as a background vocalist on numerous recordings.
Since the early nineties, Michelle Weeks has been a staple in the Dance Music community. Marking her time with an impressive amount of First League cuts. From ’10 Minutes High’ along with K.O.T. back in 1996 on Slip ‘N’ Slide. To ‘The Moment Of My Life’ with Bobby D’Ambrosio. Eventually sharing the bill as Voices along with Dawn Tallman and the late Sabrynaah Pope on the intoxicating ‘Can U See The Light’. Then teaming up with M&S on ‘Don’t Give Up’. And also contributing to Blaze‘s Underground Dance Artists United For Life album concept back in 2004. This in addition to the memorable ‘The Light’ and ‘Be Thankful’ which she recorded with Jamie Lewis respectively in 2002 and 2005.
By 2009, she eventually duetted with Byron Stingily on ‘Back To Me’ with production work by the likes of DJ Jorj on French label Stalwart. Then she shared the duties with Natasha Watts and Marc Evans on the Jamie Lewis produced ‘Respect’. This before joinin’ forces with Danny Clark on ‘He Keeps Me’ (Solid Ground). But also with Fabio Tosti on the boiling ‘Unconditional Love’ with remix courtesy of Booker T. Eventually bonifying DJ Spen‘s Quantize Recordings label with a couple of extra jewels. From ‘So Incredible’ to ‘Where Do We Go’ along with Antonello Ferrari and Aldo Bergamosco.
– Although relatively new as a production pair, both John Khan and Earl Tutu are no new comers…
Khan eventually started producing back in 1992. Responsible for ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ featuring the vocal talents of Karen Minnott.
Growing up and DJing alongside Unique 3, a collective from Bradford, he came to meet Chris Dawkins (Earl Tutu) back in the day. John kept on producing for a while before taking a break from the scene for a few years. Studying the artform of mixing and mastering during that time, he decided to resurface along with long time friend Dawkins.
“I started playing guitar at my father’s Baptist Church in West Yorkshire at the the age of 15 in 1976”, explains Earl Tutu. “Within 2 years, during the summer of 1978 myself and some other young members of the church formed a band called Freedom. During this time, EMI reps from London came to the church to hear the band. They had been made aware of us via Gospel Concerts we had performed at. My father, Pastor Dawkins and Brother King an elder at the church turned the reps from EMI away, saying the children would not be playing the devils music!
As you can guess, I hid my passion for playing guitar from my father, sneaking out of the house to play gigs and record.
Coming home from a gig one night I was welcomed by the sight of my belongings in black bin bags – I had been found out! 2013 brought me back to the good old days collaborating once again with life long friend and fellow artist John Khan with some fresh ideas… Soulful House style with some interesting releases in the pipeline…”
And the fact is Tutu and Khan have established themselves among the most in-demand producers. Thus standing on an impressive pile of killer gems. Either under their own guise as for other artists. The first traces of them bringin’ us back to 2013 and the release of the aptly titled ‘The Dreams Come True’ which they reworked for JoioDJ & Chanelle on Dejavoo Records.
From then on, one could see their names circulating with new releases at least once a month. This bringin’ them to collaborate with countless luminaries. From Darryl D’Bonneau and Cinnamon Brown on the stellar ‘House Of Love’ (Purple Music). To Tracy Hamlin on ‘Emotion’ for Expansion House. But also Sheila Ford on the jazzy ‘Share’ (Quantize Recordings). Not to mention Tracebeatz (‘Won’t Be The One’), Tasha LaRae (‘Find My Way’) and Michelle Weeks (‘So Incredible’) both on Spen‘s label. Meanwhile they would soon after retouch Kimara Lovelace‘s ‘When Can Our Love Begin’ with the latter. This in addition to Kathy Brown‘s firing ‘Things You Do’ and/or SuSu Bobien‘s ‘Help Is On The Way’. Then, more recently The L.O.V.E. Project‘s ‘I’m In Love’.
They eventually opened their own account on Booker T‘s Liquid Deep label back in 2016. Sharing the bill with Mike City successively on ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ then ‘Lately We’. Meanwhile, they joined forces twice as well with Asia Yarwood. This with ‘New Faith’ and ‘Lies’ on Quantize Recordings.
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