Single Of The Week: Ralf GUM feat. Paul Randolph – We Repeat (Ralf GUM Reprise) (GOGO Music)
Shall we repeat? Yes, we love quality vibes. And yes, we love people comin’ up with music that most of all has a sense. Therefore, no wonder why we love both Ralf GUM and Paul Randolph. Two talented artists who, since their debut, have undoubtedly made their respective paths. With the good news being that they recently crossed them to provide us with this outstanding production…
Shall we repeat? Yes, we’re back after some maintenance work on the site. And no need sayin’ as to how happy we are to welcome Ralf GUM and Paul Randolph‘s collab as the first Single Of The Week of this new round we’ve entered. And what an absolute blast we have here…
As a matter of fact, feels like GUM has gone deeper way productionwise since the release of his ‘In My City’ album back in 2014. Therefore, incorporating real strings courtesy of Susan Mouton and Evert van Niekerk, both from the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. But also stellar horn lines courtesy of Kafele Bandele. The whole serving as the ideal environment for Paul Randolph‘s first league vocal delivery.
As opposed to the trendy noises around, the twosome use their music as a medium to deliver a reminder as to how we’re seemingly not learning anything from our past. Bringing us back to the souvenir of luminaries such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Gil Scott-Heron and other Fela Kuti. As many artists who would act like social commentators at their time. Meanwhile comin’ up as as many mirrors reflecting the misbehavior of human societies.
Besides, seeing this piece of art rated as ‘Soulful House’ on Traxsource might look as a detail. Although it’s definitely not what it says. But more of a Broken Beat/Nu Jazz experimentation with some African accent so to say…
Shall we repeat? I guess you’ve pretty well understood we’re in front of a timeless masterpiece. Leavin’ you on this with the words of Ralf himself…
“As we live in times where morality, decency and altruism are seemingly on the decrease, ‘We Repeat’ is a call to live a conscious life. And, by processing our past, work hand in hand towards a better future.
It is Paul Randolph’s and my request to take more care about and recollect human values.
Ideally my creations should do the talking and the beautifully penned lyrics by Paul are a perfect conversion of what needs to be reiterated again and again.
So please take a close listen. This is our contribution to a hopefully colourful future.
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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…
– A continuous nomad since his early age would be for much on Philadelphia, PA native Paul Randolph‘s versatility. Residing in Detroit, MI, he collaborated with countless local luminaries. From Carl Craig‘s Innerzone Orchestra with whom he did a cover version of The Stylistics ‘People Make The World Go Round’ back in 2000. To Kevin Saunderson with whom he released ‘This Means That’ as the Reese Project 2 years later. Not to mention Moodymann and Pirahnahead with whom he eventually toured, among others.
Regularly in Europe, one might also remember him for his collaborations with Jazzanova. From ‘Let Me Show Ya’ to ‘I Human’, ‘Now There Is We’ and ‘Believer’ to name a few. But also with Wahoo on the memorable ‘Don’t Take It Personal’. Eventually contributing to Boddhi Satva‘s 2015 ‘Transition’ album on ‘From Me To You’. And, more recently, jammin’ along Ralf GUM on ‘We Repeat’ which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week.
And how to not think of his duet with Kathy Kosins – ‘Could You Be Me’ – which receieved the remixing treatment of Gilles Peterson and Simbad. Meanwhile, as an artist on his own right, Randolph has released 5 albums + 1 along with Jazzanova. With his latest to date being ‘In The Company Of The Others’.