Single Of The Week: Patti Austin – Hope Has Arrived (Nigel Lowis Soulworld Mix) (DSG Music)
In an environment most likely geared towards quick returns on investments, it’s always reassuring to see some people keepin’ on gracing us with quality music. Singers, musicians, producers, promoters, labels… They deserve our absolute respect. With the best reaction from us being to bring them as much support as we can. Beginning with ‘Hope Has Arrived’, the lead single from the OST of the forthcoming graphic novel and film, ‘Spirit Of The Pharaoh’, and its protagonists…
Takin’ the centerstage, Patti Austin whom you might remember for her collaborations with Quincy Jones. From ‘Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me’ to ‘Razzmatazz’. But also ‘Baby Come To Me’ along with the late James Ingram. Then, next to her, Disco Soul Gold studio wizard Nigel Lowis in charge of the remix duties. With this resulting in ‘Hope Has Arrived’ delivered in various moods. Quite hard to name which one is the best at the end though. As they all have their moment depending on the mood we’re in.
I would tend to have a special inclination for the soothing ‘Spirit Of The Pharoah Mix. Itself sort of turning ‘Hope Has Arrived’ into a so to say story in various acts. From its offbeat parts, highlighting the beauty of its musical arrangements, to groovier sequences. Meanwhile the Soulworld Mix turns it into a smooth R&B midtempo affair. This with lush strings, keys and horns over a bumpin’ bassline.
‘Hope Has Arrived’, at last…
– A native of Harlem, NYC, Patti Austin saw the day in a music environment with thanks to her dad who was a Jazz trombonist. But also to Dinah Washington and Quincy Jones who referred to themselves as her godparents.
She delivered her first public performance at the Apollo Theater at the early age of 4. Then she got a contract with RCA the year after. And, in 1965, she dropped her debut-single – ‘A Most Unusual Boy’ – under the direction of Bert DeCoteaux on Coral Records. Then, 11 years later Creed Taylor went to sign her on his CTI Records label. There, she released 4 albums before signing a deal with Quincy Jones‘ Qwest Records label. 1981 seeing her contributing to Jones‘ ‘The Dude’ album on both ‘Razzmatazz’ and ‘Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me’. But also comin’ up with ‘Every Home Should Have One’. An album which featured the chart topping ‘Baby Come To Me’ where she shared the duties with James Ingram.
By 1984, Patti Austin ventured into the Hi-Energy territories. This with ‘It’s Gonna Be Special’ which received a remixing treatment courtesy of John Jellybean Benitez. One of the highlights from her eponymous album along with ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ which Narada Michael Walden produced for her. Meanwhile the latter would hire her the year after to sing the lead on ‘Gime, Gimme, Gimme’.
Austin‘s 1985 album, ‘Gettin’ Away With Murder’ sort of confirmed her inclination back then for Poppier vibes. As one could realize it when havin’ a listen to its title track. Meanwhile ‘The Real Me’, a collection of US standards marked the end of her contract with Qwest. She scored a Top 5 Dance hit with the Hex Hector remixed ‘Reach’, from her 1994 ‘That Secret Place’ album on GRP Records. And how to not think of her collab with Masters At Work back in 2001 on the blowing ‘Like A Butterfly (You Send Me)’ somehow echoing to ‘Razzmatazz’?
2019 marking her return in full bloom. This with the soothing ‘Hope Has Arrived’ and its various remixes courtesy of Nigel Lowis. Itself standing as the leading single from the OST of the forthcoming graphic novel and film, ‘Spirit Of The Pharaoh’