This Beat Is Mine! Kelvin Sylvester & Natasha Watts – Fly Away (Opolopo Remix)
I understand you’ve got into your maintenance period by the time ‘Fly Away’ saw the light. With this being probably the reason why you’ve passed on it at the time. And me sending you these few lines about it in case you’d like to use them.
‘Fly Away’ definitely counts to me among the tunes of this year. With thanks to Kelvin Sylvester‘s classy production and Natasha Watts‘ smart vocal performance. As a matter of fact, elegance is the first word comin’ to mind when thinkin’ of ‘Fly Away’ as far as I’m humbly concerned. With its Revival Mix courtesy of Sylvester himself pretty worth the check (and mention) as well.
Depending on your mood you might go for it either for Opolopo‘s rework. With Sylvester‘s Revival Mix having something of the 3 Winans Brothers‘ ‘Dance’ as remixed by Louie Vega. This in addition to its infectious vibes. Meanwhile Opolopo turns ‘Fly Away’ into how Disco/Funk might be sounding nowadays. On the heels of his rework of ‘Beat Within’ for Rhemi featuring Cassius. Meanwhile using percussion quite much reminding of Young & Company‘s ‘I Like What You’re doing To Me’. Don’t you think?
Anyway, warm thanks for welcomin’ my words as for what you do on this site…
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This Beat Is Mine! (*)
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– Kelvin Sylvester launched his career as an underground Dance Music Producer in 2015. His musical tastes and influences range from soulful to Afro House. Not to mention Hip-Hop, R&B, Disco, Funk and Jazz. As many influences which have become an evidence throughout his productions, arrangements, remixing and songwriting works.
He opened his account for 2016 in the finest way. This while teamin’ up with Dee Lavender on the blowin’ ‘Your Smile’ with an awesome remix courtesy of Louie Vega‘s bassist Gene Perez. Gaining further recognition by producing a remix of Lee Wilson’s ‘Turn You Up’ on Kenny Dope‘s Dopewax label. He also released a self-titled EP during the Spring on Soundmen On Wax. Additionally, he tapped into the Afro-House market with ‘Soul Rhythm’ on Vibe Boutique Records. Eventually putting an end to his 2016 account with a remake of ‘You’re In My System’ with Lee Wilson.
His progression most likely continued throughout 2017. From the uplifting ‘No More Love’. To the jazzy infectious ‘Come Over’ along with Al Copeland with remixing work courtesy of Wipe The Needle. Then of Vick Lavender soon after. With 2018 confirming the feeling. From the percussive ‘Daylight’ featuring Dee Lavender. To his remixing work of ‘Tonight’ for South African combo Deep Xscape featuring Mpho. This in addition to the mesmerizing ‘Fly Away’ along with Natasha Watts. This with remix(es) courtesy of Opolopo.
As a matter of fact, Kelvin Sylvester has pretty much established himself among the forces to count with.
– 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’…