Fri. Oct. 19, 2018

Sandy Barber – I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (Rework)

Most Wanted! Sandy Barber – I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own) (Opolopo Rework) (BBE)

Sandy Barber released her debut-album – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ back in 1978, back in the Disco days. There she undoubtedly delivered one of the most beautiful tracks in the genre. And more precisely the relatively unsung ‘I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own) back then. A gem most likely ahead of its time; this probably explaining that, as a matter of fact! With the lady delivering a one of a kind performance along with producers David Wooford and Nat Adderley, Jr.. Not to mention Tasha Thomas in the backing vocals…

37 years after its release, UK label BBE Music gives it a new life. And what a life, with remixing work courtesy of studio guru Opolopo (Mario Biondi, Gregory Porter, Portia Monique…). The man elightening it with lush jazzy rearrangements, simply expanding its initial beauty.

One hardly get better than this in terms of reworks. So respectful of its original spirit, although getting it to the next level….
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Overview
– NYC-born Sandra Barber knew from an early age she had singing in her skin. Therefore, with the encouragements of her family she would sing everywhere she could. No wonder then why, in her then teens, she wanted to be a singing star. An appearence on Talent Night at Harlem’s the Apollo Theatre where she won the second place standing as one of most cherished moments.
There she met the attention of Chris Curry who hooked her up with producer David Jordan who was looking for a female singer for a project of his. This being Sandy got to sing the lead along with Rare Pleasure on the heavily sought after ‘Let Me Down Easy’.

Singing with a group wasn’t really her thing though. Hopefully, she would get soon after introduced to Clyde Otis who signed her on the spot and produced her debut-album – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ – 2 years later. An album out of which came the memorable ‘I Think I’ll Do Steppin’ On My Own’ which Opolopo reworked in absolute fine style on BBE back in 1995.

Sandy Barber also made a name for herself as Sandy B in the House scene back in the 90’s. She topped the Billboard’s Dance/Club Play chart with ‘Make The World Go Round’ and ‘Ain’t No Need To Hide’ both produced by Deep Dish. Most likely her biggest classics from the period. These along with ‘Feel Like Singin’ produced by B.O.P. on Nervous (1992). And ‘Back Together’ produced by Roland Clark on King Street (1994).

– 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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