Lost but not least! Lost but not least! Muziq – Half Crazy (Vocal) (Fall Out Records)
Another reason music made me more than half crazy at the end!
Blending elements of Funk, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Hip-Hop and eventually Alternative Rock. A reality that shouldn’t be a surprise speaking of an artist hailing from Philadelphia, PA. Besides, it happened to be nothing else but the basic principle of the so called Neo-Soul as a matter of fact. A scene where Taalib Johnson aka Musiq Soulchild made himself a name starting from the early 2000’s.
Taken from his 2002 released ‘Juslisten’ album, and eventually given an official remix courtesy of Osunlade… ‘Half Crazy’ also managed to be revamped with absolute style by NYC-based production unit The DFA aka Darryl James and Fred McFarlane. In the footsteps of those timeless masterpiece they did. From Patti LaBelle and Carlos Santana (‘When U Smile’) to Floetry‘s (‘Say Yes’) to name a few…
– Bronx, NY native Darryl James got his start DJing at his uncle’s night club at the age of 16. That is where he gained valuable experience and honed his craft. He then moved on to spin in two of the hottest clubs of the 80’s in New York City… The Red Parrot and The Silver Shadow! His skills helpin’ him snag the much coveted position as the main house DJ at the World Famous Bentley’s Night Club for several years.
Deejaying at Bentley’s brought to the attention of radio stations and record companies what the general public had been enjoying for years… Darryl’s artistry of mixing records!
In 1991, he began doing Mix Shows for 98.7 KISS-FM. The following year in addition to KISS-FM, he was performing a live broadcast for WBLS. From 1994 through the Winter of 1998, Darryl blessed the airwaves with his Mix Show on WBLS. He then would display his mastery of the airwaves on the Lunch Mix on KISS-FM until the station ceased its activities.
While working, Darryl met and formed a productive work relationship with Todd Terry. This union delivered several hit records on Todd’s dance label, Freeze Records. Beginning with ‘You Make Me Happy’ and ‘Where Do We Go’. Continuing on the creative path, Darryl went on to remix various artists including Jody Watley, D-Mob, Janet Jackson and Incognito to name a few.
In 1994, James started producing along with the late Fred McFarlane. A man who came to fame as the producer of gems such as ‘Somebody’ Else’s Guy’, ‘Bad Habits’ and ‘Show Me Love’, not to mention ‘Luv 4 Luv’. Respectively for Jocelyn Brown, Jenny Burton and Robin S(tone).
By the early 2000’s, the twosome got to another level under the DFA guise, releasing a lot of remixes for R&B artists. With many of them seeing the light on the (unofficial) Fall Out Records label. From Patti LaBelle & Carlos Santana‘s ‘When U Smile’ to Floetry‘s ‘Say Yes’. Not to mention Muziq‘s ‘Half Crazy’ and Alicia Key‘s ‘Diary’ among others. As many reworks sending their audience into a friendly atmosphere. Whether they are grooving on the dance floor, jamming in the car, or relaxing at home…
– Hailing from the Big Apple, Fred McFarlane wore countless hats. A R&B songwriter, a record producer and a multi-instrumentalist, his career spanned more than 30 years. He first made himself a name as a keyboardist, working with artists such as Fatback, Enchantment and Crown Heights Affair. But also as a member of Logg and Intrigue (along with Leroy Burgess). Not to mention Convertion (remember ‘Let’s Do It’ on SAM Records).
He got into production work in 1984, teaming up with Allen George. Both of them crafting classics such as ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ for Jocelyn Brown. But also Jenny Burton‘s ‘Bad Habit’ and Robin Stone‘s ‘Show Me Love’ in addition to ‘Luv 4 Luv’. The luminaries the twosome worked with also including Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Alton ‘Wookie’ Stewart and Kym Mazelle.
By the beginning of the 2000’s, McFarlane partnered with Darryl James under the DFA guise. Both of them releasing an impressive amount of Dance remixes for R&B artists on Fall Out Records. From Patti LaBelle & Carlos Santana‘s ‘When U Smile’ to Floetry‘s ‘Say Yes’. Not to mention Muziq‘s ‘Half Crazy’ and Alicia Keys‘s ‘Diary’ among others.
Fred McFarlane sadly passed on Sept. 03, 2016, aged 56, with the cause not yet released.