Single Of The Week: Spencer Morales feat. Randy Roberts – Without Your Love (DJ Spen & Thommy Davis Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
Could it be that ‘Without Your Love’ is the missing link between Disco and House? By the reunion of two talents in their respective ways. One one side, we have no one else but Quantize label head DJ Spen. On the other, we go with Disco edits 1st class architect John Morales! Meanwhile, singer Randy Roberts takes the centerstage on this brilliant Philadelphia Sound-influenced jam in a way somehow reminding of Marc Evans.
The affiliation with MFSB and The Salsoul Orchestra makes no doubt. With thanks to the appearance of allusions here or there, here we have nevertheless an original. I mean a (sample-free) composition on its way to add its name to the already impressive list of Quantize Recordings vaults.
Without Your Love is (definitely) a standout track, if not a future classic. Let us know what you think…
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– Sean Spencer began his career at the age of 13, producing mix shows for WEBB AM in Baltimore, MD. Even at that young age, he founded one of the area’s first Hip-Hop production groups, the Numarx. In 1986 they wrote and recorded ‘Girl You Know It’s True’. The track was later covered and made famous by Milli Vanilli.
Spen‘s radio career continued to grow and lead him to work at various FM radio stations in the Baltimore and Washington areas. In 1992, he developed a mixshow on 95.9 FM in Baltimore called the Flashback Saturday Night Dance Party. Though he eventually moved on from radio, the show kept on running with his close friend KW Griff at the helm.
The man’s production talents led him to Basement Boys Records in 1989. With the formation of the label in 1994, he gave birth to Jasper Street Company, and released his first full production, ‘A Feelin” the year after.
With the Basement Boys and Jasper Street, Spen gained consistent commercial and dancefloor success, and became an in-demand remix producer. He has created remixes for some of clubland’s biggest names such as Diana Ross, Ann Nesby or Shaun Escoffery. While at Basement Boys, he partnered with Teddy Douglas, Thommy Davis and Karizma to create works that are still considered House anthems.
Having reached his full potential with Basement Boys, Spen stepped out on his own. He partnered with Gary Deane to form the Code Red Record label in January 2004.
Spen‘s new venture found him back with former partners Thommy Davis and Karizma. Gary Hudgins and Irvin Madden, key musicians and writers from Basement Boys days, soon after joined Spen and Gary Deane to form a new production team called the MuthaFunkaz. The Muthafunkaz then added soulful vocalist Marc Evans to the group.
Code Red joined Defected Records for a partnership that would see the release of one of their earliest successes. ‘The Way You Love Me’, featuring Marc Evans, gained worldwide attention and become a soulful House anthem. In 2008, the MuthaFunkaz completed production of Marc Evans‘ full length LP. In addition to the original group, the MuthaFunkaz now include vocalist Sheila Ford, vocalist Biblical Jones (formerly of Jasper Street Company). And also drummer Robert Wright, horn player Eric Marner, and vocalist Erin Madden.
Spen launched Quantize Recordings back in 2012. A label which totalizes more than 100 releases nowadays and stands among our favorite with regular reviews delivered on these shores.
– Bronx, NY-born John Morales has worked on creating hit records for the better part of 30 years. As a DJ, he played spots like Stardust Ballroom, the Limelight and the infamous Studio 54.
Like many of his alter egos in the 70’s, John ventured into the studio more through need than necessity. Being a DJ, he needed to get more out of the records he was spinning. There, he would produce medleys and do remixes because the records in those days were too short.
His now infamous Deadly Medleys and Sunshine Acetate Medleys brought him to attention of New York Disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams who were impressed by the hunger and desire of the self-taught engineer.
A meeting at New York’s influential WBLS radio station got him to croos the path of Sergio Munzibai who worked as musical director alongside Frankie Crocker.
The twosome turned themselves into the most prolific remixing unit from then. M&M Productions have dropped over 650 mixes with Class Action, Jocelyn Brown, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and The Commodores standing among those they worked with.
In fact, Morales & Munzibai retouched just about every major artist of the day back then.