Classics: Robin S – Luv 4 Luv (Stones Club Mix) (Champion Records)
No matter what, there’s something instantly familiar when gettin’ to listen to Robin S‘ ‘Luv 4 Luv’. But how could it be different at the end? With this follow-up to her critically acclaimed ‘Show Me Love’ comin’ up in the same vein. Thus runnin’ over a similar synth funk bass driven rhythm pattern. This with the same production work by Allen George and Fred McFarlane and the same StoneBridge in charge of the remix duties. With both ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Luv 4 Luv’ unsurprisingly standing as her biggest successes ever.
“It’s gonna be Luv 4 Luv”, she convincingly sings. And that’s exactly what we’re getting…
– A Queen, NY native, Robin Stone, almost incidentally came to fame. The mother of two, she was working as a secretary for the mayor of Hempstead. Meanwhile she would sing in an R&B band during the weekends. UK label Champion Records offered her to record ‘Show Me Love’, a song produced by Allen George & Fred McFarlane. The ones responsible for Jocelyn Brown‘s ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ among others. It first saw the light back in 1990 with remixes courtesy of Anthony King. It didn’t work though for some reasons. Champion Records would nevertheless suggest it for a remix to Swedish producer StoneBridge 2 years later. And after a few attempts, he came up with the Holy Grail.
Robin Stone instantly liked the new version and eventually turned her name into Robin S. Big Beat Records releasing it Stateside as a part of her debut-album of the likes. Her second single – ‘Luv 4 Luv’ – following in the same vein, with the same team of producers and StoneBridge remixing it.
She released her second (and final) album – ‘From Now On’ – back in 1997. Teaming up with producers such as Todd Terry, E-Smoove and Bryce Wilson (Groove Theory). Although it failed to generate the same following as the previous one. With Robin Stone remaining mainly associated to ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Luv 4 Luv’ although to a slightly lesser extend.
– Hailing from the Big Apple, Fred McFarlane wore countless hats. A R&B songwriter, a record producer and a multi-instrumentalist, his career spanned more than 30 years. He first made himself a name as a keyboardist, working with artists such as Fatback, Enchantment and Crown Heights Affair. But also as a member of Logg and Intrigue (along with Leroy Burgess). Not to mention Convertion (remember ‘Let’s Do It’ on SAM Records).
He got into production work in 1984, teaming up with Allen George. Both of them crafting classics such as ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ for Jocelyn Brown. But also Jenny Burton‘s ‘Bad Habit’ and Robin Stone‘s ‘Show Me Love’ in addition to ‘Luv 4 Luv’. The luminaries the twosome worked with also including Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Alton ‘Wookie’ Stewart and Kym Mazelle.
By the beginning of the 2000’s, McFarlane partnered with Darryl James under the DFA guise. Both of them releasing an impressive amount of Dance remixes for R&B artists on Fall Out Records. From Patti LaBelle & Carlos Santana‘s ‘When U Smile’ to Floetry‘s ‘Say Yes’. Not to mention Muziq‘s ‘Half Crazy’ and Alicia Keys‘s ‘Diary’ among others.
Fred McFarlane sadly passed on Sept. 03, 2016, aged 56, with the cause not yet released.