Classics: N’Dinga Gaba & DJ Spen feat. Marc Evans – Until You (Original Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
Marc Evans made himself quite a name back in 2004 with the memorable ‘The Way You Love Me’ along with Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz. An anthem which cleverly embedded harmonies from Teddy Pendergrass‘ ‘Come Go With Me’.
He, together with N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen would adapt the same principle on ‘Until You’ 8 years after. This time incorporating reminders of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’. A cut which we heavily championed on our Facebook page back then.
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– Marc Avon Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. This son of a vocalist and Jazz saxophonist didn’t discover his own music until his late teens though. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, he began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever. That smooth voice meshed with passionate delivery sets Evans apart from the rest as one of the most talented vocalists of the millennium.
After performing as a solo artist or with his band, Soul Centered, Evans felt there was something missing in his music. Inspired by lyrical greats Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sting, and Sade, he decided to focus as much on his lyrical development as his musical craftsmanship.
He began to write poetry and perform on the open-mic circuit. As ‘The Songbyrd’, Evans the poet travelled up and down the East Coast from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. Eventually becoming a favorite on the performance poetry circuit.
Whether it’s his independent releases or his international label releases, he pursues both his writing and his music with purpose. Balancing his talents in both areas, Evans‘ lyrical presentation in song and spoken word is miles beyond one-dimensional artists. To witness any of his performances is truly an experience one won’t soon forget.
No surprisingly, Marc Evans has crossed the path of countless First League producers. Comin’ to international recognition back in the mid 2000’s with the memorable ‘The Way You Love Me’, along with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz. A cut which cleverly emebedded a riff of Teddy Pendergrass‘ ‘Come Go With Me’. He eventually followed in this spirit 8 years later N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen on ‘Until You’. And this time embedding a riff of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’.
Other cuts of his which deserve the listen including ‘Given Me Joy’ (here again with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz). But also ‘Without You’ in 2012 with Jamie Lewis. This in addition to ‘Respect’ that saw him sharing the vocal duties with Michelle Weeks and Natasha Watts. Not to mention the recent ‘You Change My World’ once again with Lewis. Or ‘Do You Remember’ that also saw him doin’ an encore. Although with DJ Pope. This almost four years after ‘Live It Up’. Then how to not mention ‘Beneath The Crescent Moon’ which he released on his own with The Muthafunkaz in charge of the production? Or his joint venture with Cool Million on ‘Dontcha You Wanna Dance’ back in 2015!
– N’Dinga Gaba has been on the music scene for more than two decades as a DJ, producer, musician and composer.
Hailing from Central African Republic although based in Baltimore, MD, N’Dinga has embraced a variety of musical styles over his career. He has played with several symphony orchestras and Jazz bands as a trombonist. And as a DJ, he has toured with Hip-Hop and Rock acts. And he is most likely proficient in all styles of electronic music.
Also known as The Diplomat, DJ Nuclear, and The Love House Movement, N’Dinga’s musical style is hard to define. You can find his music and remixes on many labels, such as Foliage Records, Peng Records and Sole Channel. This in addition to Code Red / Quantize Recordings and King Street. Thus standing on an impressive amount of one of a kind pieces of music as a matter of fact.
Among the first productions / mixes of his coming to mind would certainly be ‘Until You’. A firing gem that saw him sharing the bill productionwise with Code Red label head DJ Spen. With Marc Evans takin’ the centerstage vocally speakin’ on this partial interpolation of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’ back in 2012.
That same year (2012) seeing him crafting extra monsterjams for the label. From his magnetic remix of the vibrant ‘Let It Be Love’ by the likes of Mark Di Meo feat. Nickson. To both ‘Rocker’ and ‘Radio Billie Stereo Ella’ for Erin Leah. Even though the firts traces of him bring us back to 2007 and the release of ‘Queen’ along with Scotty P on SOLE Channel Music with remixes courtesy of Mr V and Reelsoul.
Hard to give a specific hat when speakin’ of the man, we said earlier on. Illustration with ‘Everything’ that saw him sharing the duties with producers Ross Hillard and Tom Wardle and singer Natasha Watts. This under the THR33 guise back in 2015 before receiving a remix courtesy of Louie Vega the year after. But also with ‘Beautiful Humans’ which he retouched for Boddhi Satva feat. Les Nubians in 2017. That same year seeing him reconditioning ‘Yum Yum’ for Luka feat. Sio Blackwidow which we eventually welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then.
2018 getting us to enjoy another blast of his. This under the form of the composite ‘Lifelines’ for Zo! feat. Dornik on Foliage Records.
In addition to this, N’Dinga has launched his own label – Global Diplomacy – by the end of 2014. Thus putting out extra jewels. From Namy feat. Miwa‘s ‘Lift Me Away’ to Troy Denari‘s ‘Tembaco’. Not to mention ‘Beautiful’ along with Jaidene Veda and Josh Milan, among others…