Single Of The Week: Mike City feat. Faith Evans – When I Luv (Kenny Dope Remix)
Not a new comer to these shores, Mike City looks set to solidify his profile. And this, with ‘The Feel Good Agenda’, his second album on BBE. Opening the festivities, its first offshot sees him sharing the vocal duties with R&B songstress Faith Evans. There you most likely can feel the upbringing of their R&B backgrounds over a smooth House driven rhythm pattern. The twosome exploring the natural feeling of fear and uncertainty when it comes to giving your heart to another.
Meanwhile Kenny Dope boosts the whole, adding an intoxicating synth hook over some bumpin’ heavy drum part. Most likely sounding like a 2017 anthem, don’t you think?
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Philadelphia, PA native Michael Flowers first came to fame back in 1999 while writing and producing ‘I Wish’ for Carl Thomas. Suggested to collaborate with Sunshine Anderson by a friend of his who’d heard her singing in the cafeteria line at North Carolina Central University, he became her mentor. Eventually co-writing and producing the memorable ‘Heard It All Before’ for her 2 years later.
A quick check at the man’s discography brings the opportunity to realize the consistancy of his contribution since the early 90’s. Working with an impressive array of luminaries. From Usher, Bilal and Nate Dogg. To Brandy, Dwele, Rihanna and Gerald Levert to name a (very) few. Meanwhile he would keep on ear on the House Music production. Eventually becoming a die hard fan of Ten City that would get him to change his moniker as a wink to them.
Surprisingly enough, he only released one album – ‘City Limits’ back in 1998 – as an artist during all these years. Resurfacing in the mid 2010’s while sharing the duties with producers such as Mark Francis (‘I Need Your Love’) and Booker T. But also Adam Rios (‘We Keep Going’), Ian Friday and Sean McCabe. Not to mention Earl Tutu & John Khan (‘Everybody Needs Somebody’, ‘Lately We’). And The Lounge Lizards (‘She’s The One’) more recently. With the good news being Mike is on his way to release ‘The Feel Good Agenda’ on BBE. An album – his second – that boasts cameo appearances from artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Dwele (on ‘I Rock Wit U’), Carl Thomas and Junior. And, last but not least, Faith Evans on its first offshot – ‘When I Luv’ – with remixing work courtesy of Kenny Dope.