First Listen: Rhemi feat. Cassius – Beat Within (Opolopo Remix) (Rhemi Music)
UK twosome Rhemi justifying once again their position as regulars on these shores. But this time with a revamp of their 2014 ‘Beat Within’ cut along with French lectrofunk pair Cassius.
They eventually remixed ‘Spare Me The Details’ for Opolopo last year. And now the latter returns the favor on ‘Beat Within’. And what a job he does at the end! Most likely rebuilding all the instrumentation. Meanwhile turning it into an overwhelming stellar jazzy phonk gem with obvious Disco influences as a matter of fact. Stellar, to say the least. Don’t you think?
“Feel the beat within makes your body move in joy again…” That pretty much says it all…
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– Rhemi is a production duo and record label based in London, with the sole purpose of releasing great quality House music.
Behind this imprint and production team we have one of U.K.’s leading DJ/producers Neil Pierce. A man who also made his way as a promoter for throwing amazing secret studio parties and Club Nights in London. Meanwhile, producer/musician Ziggy Funk made himself a serious reputation with his production work on various labels. But also for his DJing, throwing down eclectic sets from House to Funk/Soul music.
After working together on previous records in the past, the two decided to come together permanently. This resulting in the launch of the label – Rhemi Music – during the Summer of 2013. With every release, they grew from strength to strength and are now recognised as a label and production duo to look out for.
The ambition for releasing quality music is at the forefront for them. And you can expect it always, whether it be original work, remixing or through live shows…
A quick look at Rhemi‘s repertoire suffices to realize how the groove is at the epicenter of their productions. Most oftenly dealing with jazz and funk vibes. Such as on ‘Shake Your Body’ or ‘Give It To Ya’, meanwhile displaying a live feel with the help of high caliber musicians and / or singers…
Among their highlights, ‘Diamond’ and ‘I Can’t Wait’ along with HanLei. 2 hot gems we welcome as our Single Of The Week at their respective time. With the latter standing as our track of the year 2016. Meanwhile both ‘Back To The One’ featuring Alex Mills and ‘Rise Up’ featuring Vanessa Freeman remain essential investments. This in addition to the stellar Discoid ‘Beat Within’ featuring Cassius, with remix courtesy of Opolopo. Not to mention the blowing ‘We Had Enough’ featuring SheZar. And, more recently ‘Feel Me’ featuring Ilana Lorraine. Or ‘In The Morning’ by Louie Vega Starring Adeva on the remix front.
Meanwhile the beginning of 2018 sees Rhemi adding a brilliant new episode to their ongoing odyssee along with HanLei with the firing ‘The Real Thing’…
– 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. Not to mention Kelvin Sylvester & Natasha Watts‘ ‘Fly Away’…
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