Tue. Sep. 17, 2019

Joe Smooth & Paris Brightledge – We’ve Got To Love

Single Of The Week: Joe Smooth feat. Paris Brightledge – We’ve Got To Love (Director’s Cut Signature Mix) (Indie Art Music)

“We’ve got to love…” And no doubt as to how many of us did and probably still do. Be it Joe Smooth when he took the floors by storm with the anthemic ‘The Promised Land’. Or Paris Brightledge, himself remembered for his contribution on Sterling Void‘s ‘It’s All Right’. With the twosome so to say creating a post-DJ International Records reunion. This in addition to Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper together under their Director’s Cut signature…

What a vibrant and timeless statement, ‘We’ve Got To Love’ stands for as a matter of fact. With Kupper and Knuckles delivering one of their best reworks together. Strangely enough, but probably for legal reasons, their remix could be found on Youtube back in 2013, although without havin’ an official home back then. A matter at last solved now with its release on Indie Art Music. In other words, Smooth‘s own label.

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Overview
Better known as Joe Smooth, Joseph Lorenzo, Jr. Welbon belongs to the first generation of producers who contributed putting Chicago House Music on the map during the second half of the 80’s. Mostly made famous with ‘The Promised Land’, he along with singer Anthony Thomas helped Rocky Jones‘s DJ International label, scoring one of their biggest successes ever. He also most likely influenced famous UK group The Style Council who eventually gave it a cover version, marking a turn in their musical direction.

Joe Smooth produced two albums – ‘Promised Land’ and ‘Rejoice’ (featuring the memorable ‘They Want To Be Free’) – for the label. But he also took his part on the recognition of other DJ International artists such as Tyree Cooper and Fast Eddie.

A self taught musician and producer, he didn’t reduce himself to the sole House Music. He eventually collaborated with an impressive amount of celebrities. From Whitney Houston to New Order, Destiny’s Child and Sisqó. Not to mention Janet Jackson among others. As many opportunities which helped him earning gold and platinum record awards for his work.

Joe has launched his new record label – Indie Art Music – back in 2014. He has since regularly topped the digital charts like Traxsource and Beatport for song sales. The vibrant ‘We’ve Got To Love’ which he recorded with Paris Brightledge comin’ first to mind. With thanks to its remix by the likes of Eric Kupper and Frankie Knuckles. But also ‘Rejoice With Me’ by Bobby Jones and Faith Evans standing as another illustration to this…

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