First Listen! Ralf GUM feat. Omar – Love Core (Sir LSG Vocal Mix) (GOGO Music)
Sometimes you happen to listen to things which, altogether, sound like natural… Like an evidence! This is nothing but the proper of music cleverly thought and masterfully put together. And this is pretty much what to expect on the smooth ‘Love Core’.
‘Love Core’ marks the reunion between GOGO music label head Ralf GUM and Brit-Soul icon Omar Lye Fook MBE.
The latter once again, makin’ proof of his ability to express himself in many different territories. South African producer Sir LSG subtly spicin’ up the whole with an Afro/Jazz feel along with Kafele Bandele on trumpet…
A definitive masterpiece, ‘Love Core’ is one of the numerous highlights from Ralf GUM‘s ‘In My City’ album. This along with ‘Free (Is All I Wanna Be)’ featuring Portia Monique. But also ‘The Pap’ featuring Monique Bingham. Not to mention ‘With Her Hand’ and ‘In The City’ along with Hugh Masekela.
Ralf GUM + Omar + Sir LSG = music love core, no doubt!
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– Gene Douglas, but also Jan ‘Yannick’ Elverfeld, Lars and Marek Bartkuhn aka Needs, Mousse T… Not that many are the ones who served as the ambassadors of House Music in Germany back in the 90’s. With Ralf GUM adding his name to the list with his weekly residency in the Würzburg area. Then givin’ birth to his GOGO Music label back in 2001. Eventually delivering his first single for the label – ‘Nobody Can Touch Me’ – the year after. And God only knows how, from then on, he would establish himself and his stable among the most respected forces in the circuit. One step after another…
Speakin’ of his label, he would be for much in the progressive recognition of Phil Kullmann aka Raw Artistic Soul. But also standing among the first ones to have released a production by the likes of South Africa’s famous Black Coffee (cf. ‘Turn Me On’ feat. Bucie) back in 2009. Meanwhile, as a producer he came to collaborate with countless luminaries along with time. From Monique Bingham on the 2008 released ‘Kissing Strangers’. The first in a series comprising ‘Take Me To My Love’ and ‘The Pap’ among others… To Robert Owens (‘Fly Free’). Progressively establishin’ a strong connection with the South African scene and artists like Bucie, Zano, Brian Tempa and Sir LSG. Enough at the end to give him the will to relocate to Johannesburg along with his family in 2012.
‘In My City’, his third album, most likely came as a celebration of this new life of his. Seeing him sharing the duties with the legendary Hugh Masekela (on ‘With Her Hand’ and ‘In The City’). But also welcoming Omar (‘Love Core’), Monique Bingham (‘The Pap’) and Portia Monique (‘Free (Is All I Wanna Be)’). Not to mention Dele Sosimi (‘Bi Na Ba N’Jo’).
Although no date has been officially announced, a new album by the likes of Ralf GUM should see the light in 2018. Meanwhile ‘We Repeat’ along with Paul Randolph has all the ingredients to help us holdin’ the line until then…
As you might have guessed, it has taken more time to put this new album together. But the wait is now over with ‘Progressions’ available from March 01, 2019. A new effort out of which first came ‘Uyakhala’ as an appetizer with Ralf GUM sharing the duties with Mafikizolo. With obviously more to come during the months to come.
– A native of London, Omar Christopher Lye-Fook, MBE grew up in Canterbury, Kent. This in the middle of a family of artists in their respective owns. Beginning with his dad, Byron, who worked as a studio musician and drummer with various luminaries. From Bob Marley to Horace Andy and even The Rolling Stones.
Omar‘s younger brother, the Grammy winning producer, remixer and DJ professionally known as Scratch Professor has been making jaws drop since the age of 13. Brilliantly stunning the crowd at the 1988 DMC UK Finals with his turntable skills. Meanwhile, Samia (Omar’s sister) is a renowned vocalist in her own right, and a BRIT School alumna.
A musical prodigy, Omar learned his craft classically. Eventually playing the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and percussion. A former principal percussionist of the Kent Youth Orchestra and later a graduate of the Guildhall School Of Music, he released his first single – ‘Mr Postman’ – on his father’s Kongo label back in 1985. Welcoming Caron Wheeler as a backing vocalist. He then came to drop his debut-album featuring the (title) track that changed it all for him… ‘There’s Nothing Like This’! And eventually got us to meet for the very first time before Gilles Peterson signed him on Talkin’ Loud.
Strangely enough, his liaison with Talkin’ Loud happened to be quite brief. Thus seeing him releasing a follow up-album – ‘Music’ – in 1992. This before switching to RCA two years later with ‘For Pleasure’. An album that saw him collaborating with David Frank of The System fame. And also with the late Leon Ware, Vanessa Simon, Maxton Beesley and Ray Parker, Jr. among others. With the whole givin’ birth to gems such as ‘Keep Steppin”, ‘Saturday’ and ‘Outside’. Meanwhile, from his 1997 ‘This Is Not A Love Song’ one would most likely remember ‘Say Nothin” and its alternative version featuring US Rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Omar opened his Third Millennium account with the delivery of his best ‘Best By Far’ album on French label Naïve. This seeing him covering William DeVaughn‘s classic ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’ (with its title shortened to ‘Be Thankful’), along with Erykah Badu.
Another six years on, then came his ‘Sing (If You Want It)’ album and the collaboration from extra luminaries. From Angie Stone to Common and Estelle (Swaray). This in addition to Stevie Wonder on the memorable ‘Feeling You’ which Ben Schwarz eventually remixed for Peppermint Jam. And the same extra period of time to see him collecting his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Then make his debut the year after on Freestyle Records with ‘The Man’. An album which features a new version of ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ (featuring guitarist Pino Palladino). But also ‘Treat You’ along with long time friend Caron Wheeler and remixing work courtesy of Opolopo.
2014 saw the release of ‘Stop War, Make Love’. A friendly version of ‘Fµ** War, Make Love’ from his ‘The Man’ album which got us to welcome him for a chat on these shores. Then, 3 years after, came ‘Love In Beats’, his last album to date. An effort that saw him jammin’ along luminaries such as Leon Ware and The Floacist. Not to mention Robert Glasper, Ty or Natasha Watts.
With (only) 8 albums since his debut, some might think Omar has taken his time. But this would be forgetting his collaborations with countless of his contemporaries. As a featured artist, a backing vocalist or a songwriter. Writing ‘I Should’ve Known Better’ along with Mica Paris and co-producing it back in 1990. But also contributing to Misty Oldland‘s ‘Got Me A Feeling’ 3 years later.
Just like Robert Owens, as already said elsewhere on these shores, and although comin’ from different surroundings, Omar has brilliantly showcased his versatility along with time. Collaborating with Maddslinky back in 2010 on the bouncing ‘Special’, then with The Layabouts in 2012 on ‘As Long As You Believe’. But also with Dilouya on ‘Over The Sun’ that same year. A cut which resurfaced in October 2017 on Foliage Records with remix courtesy of Atjazz. And what about the boiling ‘Ding Ding’ along with Hallex M and DJ Fudge, also given a new life by the beginning of 2018 as remixed by DJ Beloved?
The end of the Summer of 2018 seein’ him sharing the vocal duties along with Darien Dean on the Hallex M produced ‘Straight Up!’. A cut most likely destined to feature in our 10 essential tracks of the year.
Omar also ventured into African territories along with Boddhi Satva on ‘Benefit’. And he also joined Ralf GUM on ‘Love Core’ and, more recently Los Charly’s Orchestra on ‘History’ which received the remix treatment courtesy of John Morales.
– Lesego Sefako (Sir LSG) began his career as a DJ in 2006 whilst studying to become an electrical engineer at the University of The Witwaterstrand. It seems the love for music soon took precedence as the young Sir LSG started collecting records. Soon after co-founding Hood Natives in 2007 with 3 other DJ’s based in Soweto, he enrolled at the Soul Candi Institute of Music. There he learnt more about electronic music production. He then went to the Academy of Sound Engineering to do a two year diploma majoring in Music Production & Audio Post Production.
It was the 2008 Southern African Music Conference that became a defining juncture in Sir LSG‘s music path. There, he caught the ear of DJ Christos, who since became his mentor. With thanks to the relationship with the latter, German producer Ralf GUM came across LSG‘s ‘Sax In The City’ in 2011. The track finally found its way to light when released on GOGO Music. With remixes from Raw Artistic Soul, and fellow South African DJ/producer Nastee Nev, it reached the second spot on Traxsource‘s top singles chart.
On a solo path since breaking away from Hood Natives, Sir LSG has since done remixes for Ralf GUM (ie ‘Love Core’), Andy Compton and Nathan Adams among others. He has also collaborated with Brian Temba, a South African R&B singer/songwriter and trumpeter Kafele on a song titled ‘All I Am’. A track which enjoyed great airplay on South African radio stations and became a local dance floor anthem.
In 2014, Sir LSG was voted by Traxsource at Number 20 on the Top 100 Afro House producers of the year.
2017 is due to mark a new step in the life of LSG with the release of his awaited debut-album… Watch this space!