Single Of The Week: Nu Shooz – Real Thing (Eric Kupper Remix) (Hysteria)
To be honest and even though they released a total of 6 albums to date, I hadn’t heard that much of Nu Shooz for an eternity. Some 30 years, I would say, after the release of the memorable ‘I Can’t Wait’. And, to a lesser extend, ‘Point Of No Return’ delivered with a remix courtesy of Shep Pettibone…
As a matter of fact, I hardly believed it was them at first sight. Until some further research gave me a confirmation. And I’m most likely thinking of the original version of ‘Real Thing’ which saw the light about a year ago as a part of their ‘Bagtown’ album. And what a change, I would say, referring to their original Freestyle R&B direction. Even though their sparkle is definitely still around.
Listening to the original version, one could eventually think of them as an Acid Jazz act. Meanwhile one can’t deny the obvious influence Norman Whitfield had on them here. With an obvious connection one can find with The Temptations‘ classic ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’. Eric Kupper turning it into a friendly and classy jazzy soul affair. And I’m not even talking about the overwhelming vocal performance of Valerie Day and Co.
You might like Disco, Soul/Jazz, Soulful House… You don’t wanna miss this. This is the ‘Real Thing’!
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– Eric Kupper is an American multi instrumentist, arranger, songwriter, DJ and producer of French descent. Playing in bands in his formative years, he got his real start in the mid-80’s. Back then, he would work as a keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter for countless luminaries. From David Morales to Frankie Knuckles, Arthur Baker and Peter Rauhofer to name a few.
Since 1986, he has played on, remixed, and/or produced over 1700 records spanning all contemporary musical genres. His work in the mid-to-late 80’s/early 90’s, and more precisely with Def Mix Productions, is considered to be part of the foundation for House Music.
As a remixer he has collaborated with Usher, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston. But also Lenny Kravitz, Kylie Minogue, Moloko and Curtis Mayfield. Not to mention Brand New Heavies, Robert Palmer, Afrika Bambaata & Soulsonic Force, 808 State and PM Dawn among numerous others.
Kupper has released 3 albums under the Eric Kupper presents K-Scope guise. Remember ‘Latin Blues Pt. 1’??? Meanwhile the most recent, ‘Electrikiss’ saw the light in January 2009 after a ten year hiatus. He also eventually launched his own label, Hysteria, back in 1996.