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Rapson – Heat (Opolopo Remix) (Defected)

Tennerz: Rapson – Heat (Opolopo Remix) (Defected)

Some of you might remember how we enthuzed about the fonky bittersweet ‘Heat’ a few months ago. With this givin’ us the opportunity to welcome Rapson for the very first time on these shores as a matter of fact.
Well, the good news is we go for some encore with Opolopo‘s contribution as a part of a remix pack. Meanwhile bringin’ this gem to stellar new territories…

There’s a definitive Spring feeling on this new version. With the remixer most likely gummin’ out the original roughness of its syncopation. This while turnin’ it into a soothing post-Disco jazzy funk stomper. Somehow reminding Los Charly’s Orchestra‘s approach. If not Jamiroquai‘s on their most recent work. In other words, most likely due to appear in our 10 essential 2018 tracks…

One of the definitive highlights of Simon Dunmore‘s ‘Love Injection’ compilation on Glitterbox.

Download from Traxsource.

Overview…
– Although a seasoned musician, composer and producer, Marc Rapson is fairly new to the House music scene. Following 2 remixes for Christian B & Lavvy Levan on Friday Fox Recordings, it was obvious that our man got bitten by the House bug. With an EP of his own – ‘Heat’ – to soon after see the light back in August 2016. Teaming up with vocalists Nathan Thomas and Holly Petrie, the latter carried a wide focus. Touching on multiple sub-genres of House Music and underpinned by Jazz and Funk undercurrents.

“I’ve got to hand it to Friday Fox for giving me time to really find my sound. This has been an interesting journey. Delving into the unknown to see what Rapson sounds like in the context of House Music”, said Rapson. “I’m lucky to have been working with two superb vocalists in Holly Petrie and Nathan Thomas. And, in the meantime, to have had Loren Hignell’s soulful sax playing too. This EP takes inspiration from everything soulful that I hear in House music and beyond. It comes from the heart and was made with love in a time where we need more love in the world.”

Hailing from Hertford, Hertfordshire, UK, Rapson is a producer, composer and keys player. Whether performing live, remixing or re-editing classics, he shows a deep passion for blending Soul into his music. Rapson’s writing credits include working with Deborah Jordan, Kenny Thomas and Janet Devlin.

He released his debut album – Dark vs Light – back in 2014. Most likely fusing low swung Hip-Hop beats with Jazz inflected Fender Rhodes at the time.

Rapson‘s ‘Heat’ made quite a sensation on these shores in July 2017. With Opolopo givin’ it a stellar Spring Disco-influenced jazzy/funk feel on his rework a few months later…

Overview
Lookin’ in the list of possible remixers for someone to give a contemporary (if not futuristic) feel to your music? Then chances are great you would find Opolopo on top of it along with others studio wizards such as Atjazz, Henrik Schwarz or Aki Bergen. This pretty much depending on the direction you want to give to your work, as a matter of fact.

Speakin’ of Hungary, Peter Major (Opolopo) hardly knows more than the fact it happened to be his native country. Her mom deciding to leave it during the communist period. This during a visit she made to his dad (himself a musician) who was touring in Sweden at the time. With the whole family changing nationality soon after.

Sweden being a country where Jazz has an undeniable meaning – with thanks to its prolific scene – no wonder how it got an echo on Opolopo‘s construction. As DJ, a remixer or an artist on his own rights.

Opolopo released his first album – ‘Omnifarious’ – back in 2003 on Australian label Collision Records. And he got commissioned to do his first remix two years later. This while retouching ‘Freeze The Cut’ for Comfort Fit feat. Blaktroniks on Japanese label Tokyo Dawn Records. From then, he has dropped 4 extra albums with his latest – ‘Superconductor’ – back in 2015 on Joey Negro‘s Z Records label. Meanwhile collaborating with luminaries such as Keni Burke (‘So Good’) and Paul Randolph (‘Sustain’). But also Taka Boom (‘Feels Good 2 Me’) and the late Diane Charlemagne (‘Round And Round’).

As a remixer, Opolopo made quite an impression with his rework of Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet‘s ‘This Is What You Are’ back in 2007. But he most likely would get his breakthrough 5 years after with his Rerub’ of Gregory Porter‘s seminal ‘1960 What?’. This masterpiece bringin’ him on everyone’s lips lookin’ for the next sensation. Beginning with ours since we’ve relaunched IDMW back by the beginning of the Summer 2014. And most definitely standing among those we tend to champion the (re)works of.

His list of the likes is quite impressive with more than 100 quotes on Discogs to date and 350 on Traxsource. From Sandy Barber‘s ‘I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own)’ to Ferry Ultra feat. Gwen McCrae‘s ‘Let Me Do My Thang’. But also Deep Tenor City‘s ‘Oba’ and Jarrod Lawson‘s ‘Sleepwalkers’. Not to mention Los Charly’s Orchestra‘s ‘All Around The World’ and Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Picket Fence’in 2015. Then what about The Jacksons‘ ‘Everybody’ which he’d retouched the year before? Or Omar feat. Caron Wheeler‘s ‘Treat You’ the year after???

Opolopo regularly updating his list since. This with Rhemi feat. Cassius‘Beat Within’. Then, more recently Rapson‘s ‘Heat’ and Kenny Thomas‘Your Love’ among others.

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