Classics: Reel People feat. Dyanna Fearon – Butterflies (Album Mix) (Papa Records/Defected)
Light Of The World, Incognito, JTQ, The Haggis Horns… As many names who contributed givin’ a reputation of serious musicianship to the British production. With Reel People members Oli Lazarus, Mike Patto and Tom Davidson makin’ no exception. Meanwhile bringing a live feel to productions at the crossroad between House Music, Acid Jazz and Brit-Soul. This with some of the most talented musicians hailing from the U.K.
A brilliant illustration to this, the exquisite ‘Butterflies’ along with the sultry Dyanna Fearon. A soothing jazzy jam featuring sparkling keys. Somehow reminding in the spirit the ones one can hear on the introduction of Space‘s ‘Carry On, Turn Me On’. With Nathan Haines on flute over some crazy Latinesque drum programming courtesy of Phil Asher. All in all, spreading that impression of delicacy one can feel when lookin’ at butterflies flying from a flower to another.
One of the absolute highlights from their ‘Second Guess’ album which marked their debut back in 2003…
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– Reel People mastermind Oli Lazarus has (definitely) come a long way. The first traces of him bringin’ us back to the days when he was at the command of London-based Flying record store. This is where he would find the necessary food to jump into production work. Although he had no skills back then. Be it in terms of songwriting as studio recording.
A good commander is the one who surrounds himself with the right people… This is exactly what he did before coming to drop his first release, ‘Spiritual’, back in 2001. For this to happen, he came under the guidance of West London producer Phil Asher. But also recruited multi instrumentalist Nathan Haines. Then collaborated with Chilly Funk engineer Tom Davidson. With the latter eventually becoming the second core member of Reel People. The tune finding a home on Papa Records, standing as their first release ever. Another single, ‘Reeltime’, soon followed. Then Reel People began to gain a reputation as a fresh new production outfit. At the crossroad between House and Broken Beat.
Oli came across the talent of pianist Mike Patto. This happened while auditioning musicians for studio sessions. And this is how the latter became a permanent member of Reel People.
Working with Dyanna Fearon, Reel People began to take shape as a band as opposed to a studio-based outfit. This bringing jams such as ‘Butterflies, ‘Second Guess’ and more to life. Meanwhile the group grew up while integrating new regular collaborators. From Phil Asher to Seiji and Afronaught to nane a few.
Reel People received extra support with Defected head Simon Dunmore licensing their ‘Second Guess’ debut-album. As a result, the critics raved and the DJ’s salivated. Then what readily became described as “the best British Dance album in years” brought much warranted attention to the group. And a tour would then follow…
From then, Reel People have established themselves as a driving force in the British scene. As a band, as remixers with both their labels (Papa Records and Reel People Music) synonymous with top quality music.