Single Of The Week: Randy Muller & Carolyn Harding – Beautiful Feelin’ (Soul City Mix) (Plaza)
After more than 40 years of activity, one might wonder what keeps Randy Muller comin’ up with new music. Well, the love of it. And, in the meantime, the love of us, music lovers. What a beautiful feelin’, isn’t it? Even though kinda natural for those to whom music has become an art of life. Be they artists, sound engineers, DJ’s, broadcasters or reviewers.
From his early days, arranging music for B.T. Express, then as the producer of groups such as Brass Construction and Skyy among others, Muller has carved some of the most uplifting jams on may think of. With ‘Beautiful Feelin” makin’ no exception. An overall… feelin’ which Brit producer Nigel Lowis has perfectly recaptured on his Soul City Mix. Even though bringin’ his own perspective. Blending an intoxicating rhythm guitar part over a rumblin’ bassline with jazzy keys along with a percussive rhythm pattern. All in all serving as the perfect environment for Carolyn Harding‘s blowin’ vocal performance.
Beautiful feelin’. That’s most likely what it is. Dontcha think?
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– Born in Guyana, Randy Muller relocated to Brooklyn, NY where he first took up music at Thomas Jefferson High School. There, he made friends with Solomon Roberts, Jr. and Jeff Lane with whom he would establish some solid partnership along with time.
Muller started arranging songs for Jeff Lane‘s group B.T. Express. Meanwhile the latter became his partner, producing early material for his group, Brass Construction.
A multi-instrumentist, Randy established himself as the driving force of the latter Skyy, Funk Deluxe and First Circle. This resulting in an incredible series of standards. From ‘Movin” to ‘Love’ ‘Ha Cha Cha’ and ‘Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing’. But also ‘Can You See The Light’ or ‘Walkin’ The Line’ for Brass Construction. Then ‘First Time Around’, ‘Let’s Celebrate’ and ‘Here’s To You’. This in addition to ‘Call Me’, ‘Skyyzoo’, ‘This Groove Is Bad’ and ‘Show Me The Way’ for Skyy. Not to mention ‘This Time’ and ‘Workin’ Up A Sweat’, respectively for Funk Deluxe and Full Circle.
The depository of an instantly recognizable sound, he has collaborated with countless artists. From Garnet Mimms to Charles Earland. But also Mark Radice and Tamiko Jones. Meanwhile he would bring Rafael Cameron to sign a record deal with Salsoul Records. This resulting in extra goodies such as ‘Magic Of You’, ‘Funtown U.S.A.’, ‘All That’s Good To Me’. And last but not least ‘Boogie’s Gonna Get You’ with remix work courtesy of François K.
Still in activity nowadays, Randy runs his own label, Plaza Records, which he launched back in 1988.
Also a flautist, ‘Livin’ In Da Rhythm’ saw him more recently exploring jazzy territories under his Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang guise. Meawnhile he also ventured sporadically into House such as on the firing ‘Devotion’ and on ‘Worm Theory’ as… Worm Theory.
His natural penchant seeing him returning to Soul and Funk vibes along with Carolyn Harding on the blowing ‘Beautiful Feelin”. This with additional remixes courtesy of Nigel Lowis.