First Listen! Stephanie Cooke & Diephuis feat. Han Litz – Beautiful Life (Mark Di Meo Deep Remix) (King Street)
US songstress Stephanie Cooke has a unique way / art of turning everything she sings into a rare emotion. A fact that Italian producer Mark Di Meo has perfectly recaptured on his rework of this song taken from her 2012 released ‘Beautiful’ album. He litteraly brings it to another dimension, with the singer’s performance seeming like floating over a vibrant flow of deep vibes… As if the time had stopped on a one of a kind image marking the minds and the imagination. Just like a book we just don’t want to see the end of! What a beautiful life this really is…
A package which also features Manoo‘s memorable ‘Flute Mix’ from back in the day…
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– Rotterdam born DJ/producer Diephuis states Disco, Techno, Afro, Soul, Funk and Jazz as his major influences. His fascination for these kinds of moods started in the 90’s, inspired by DJ’s like Larry Levan, MAW, Joe Claussell. Then later on Osunlade, Henrik Schwarz, Dixon and Spinna.
Barend-Jan Beljaars (that’s his ID) started making music in 2008, on the heels of an already impressive C.V. as a DJ. He released his first EP – ‘Deeproots’ – Afrazoo the year after. His first major production – ‘Beautiful Life’ featuring Stephanie Cooke – followed two years after on King Street. It got soon after included on Hed Kandi’s ‘Beach House 2011’ compilation. Then, later on, Louie Vega took it for his compilation for King Street.
At the end of 2012, he remixed Peven Everett‘s ‘Black Boy’ for UDM Show Records. From then, Diephuis has been working with and/or for artists such as Ursula Rucker, Kenny Bobien, Marc Evans and Jephté Guillaume.
By the end of 2014, Diephuis released ‘Crossing Borders’ on Nulu Electronic. This project was remixed by Manoo and later on The Kings Of House (David Morales and Louie Vega) featuring Anané Vega.
In the Summer of 2015, it made it #9 Top Downloads on Traxsource and #1 Top 100 Afro House tracks on Traxsource. Black Coffee eventually included the Manoo remix in his mix for Mixmag August 2015.
More recently, he came to bless us along with Jocelyn Brown on ‘Don’t Quit (Be A Believer)’ which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week on both its original delivery and its remix package featuring Reelsoul.
– A native of Termoli, Mark Di Meo carries on the tradition of know how one may find in the Italian production. This with artists such as Mimmo Falcone, Souldynamic and Michele Chiavarini. But also M. Caporale or Peppe Citarella among others.
The move he decided to do while relocating in Los Angeles, CA was expectedly quite a challenge. But it most likely broadened his horizon in the meantime, as he explained in an interview on houseoffrankie. Meanwhile getting him to spin with luminaries such as Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, Kenny Dope and Terry Hunter. But also droppin’ his releases on labels like Quantize Recordings and King Street/Nite Grooves. Not to mention Reel People Music and Solid Ground in Britain. This in addition to his activities as the CEO of Soulstice Music.
As a result, no wonder as to how his name should be familiar to those of you regular of these shores. If not of our Facebook page where we heavily championed ‘Let It Be Love’. His debut release on Quantize Recordings back in 2012 along with South African singer Nickson and N’Dinga Gaba in charge of the remix duties. Then how to not think of the mesmerizing ‘Be Mine’ featuring Sofia Rubina with remixing work courtesy of Terry Hunter the year after on Solid Ground?
Showcasing his inclination for Jazz vibes, Di Meo would most definitely blow our ears once again in 2014. This with the post-Summerish ‘A Gentleman’s Song’ featuring James Vargas on sax and Appolo Negri on Hammond B3.
Unsurprisingly, he would deliver 5 star remixes whenever commissioned to do so. Beginning with the hypnotic ‘Beautiful Life’ for Diephuis featuring Stephanie Cooke. But also ‘I Thank You’ for the latter this time as a solo artist. Not to mention ‘Colours’ for The Doggett Brothers featuring Laura Jackson to name a few. A cut we eventually included in our 10 essential 2016 tracks in the series. Meanwhile 2016 also saw this release of his ‘Soulful House Journey’ mix on King Street.
We catch him busy workin’ on his Soulstice Music label in 2018. This with a brilliant remix of M. Caporale featuring Tai Malone‘s ‘Red Light’. Then a rework of The L.O.V.E. Project featuring Shean Williams‘ ‘I’m In Love’. Not to mention the classy ’10k High’ featuring Jocelyn Mathieu, as remixed by Richard Earnshaw.