First Listen: thatmanmonkz feat. Pete Simpson – In Bed With You (Classic Music Company)
From his ‘Are You Still Sleeping’ EP, Sheffield-based DJ/producer thatmanmonkz comin’ up with the vibrant and moody ‘In Bed With Me’. Meanwhile sharing the bill wih the highly talented Pete Simpson in charge of the vocals.
‘In Bed With You’ opens itself on a sort of minimal dark repetitive electro-synthesized bass loop soon. This before the arrival of a sequenced piano part adding deepness to it. With Simpson then doin’ his (soulful) thing. This jam just sounds like a rainbow as a matter of fact, soon after enligthened by the addition of a modern Ambient jazzy synth part…
Downlad from Traxource.
– “You know thatmanmonkz, even if you don’t know thatmanmonkz” , one coud read somewhere on his bio. A statement that says a lot I suppose. Indamixworldwide makin’ no exception in that perspective. This with a couple of mentions of him on these shores to this date…
Hailing from Sheffield, Scott Moncrieff aka thatmanmonkz wears countless hats. From DJing to producing. But also acting as a recording artist and label boss of Shadeleaf Music. The fact he’d played with cats such as Carl Craig, Grandmaster Flash, Recloose, and Phil Asher somehow adding as to what he’s about.
Flat-sharing with producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.) led to a crash course in studio techniques. Meanwhile inspiring him to join forces with Toddla T (Radio 1) and form Small Arms Fiya. The pair collaborating on a number of releases and remixes which all received an impressive global acclaim.
Moncrieff manages to tread that fine line of simultaneously picking up props from all angles. But also wrecking dance floors the world over, whilst remaining resolutely underground. Meanwhile obviously focusing on the more interesting corners of Dance Music. Just the way he did for instance along with Pete Simpson. This on ‘In Bed With You’ as a part of ‘Are You Still Sleeping’. An EP which marked the start of his collaboration with the Classic Music Company label back in 2015.
As a result, no wonder why Traxsource rated him as the #10 Deep House producer for the year 2016/2017. This by the time he released his recent debut-album – ‘Columbusing’ – which happened to be an interesting document. Most likely because it touched on authentic Deep House, Funk and Soul. And this, with plenty of proper song structures and real vocalists amidst the underground club heaters. Thus spanning gems such as ‘For Bae’ and ‘Turn It Out’ featuring Dave Aju. Then how could we forget his brilliant remix of Kraak & Smaak‘s ‘Smile’ back in 2017? With the aptly titled ‘Ooh Wee’ marking his return to Classic Music Company and featuring Detroit songstress Nikki-O most likely destined to make extra waves.
– It’s quite surprising to note no one has ever written a biography in regards to Pete Simpson. Come on… We’re talking about one of the most talented singers hailing from the U.K. along with Omar and Tony Momrelle! With All of them having a lot in common with each other as a matter of fact. Beginning with their instantly identifiable voices. But also their undeniable versatility.
A skillfulness which has allowed Simpson to embrace many different genres. From Acid Jazz, along with Domu to Drum & Bass with London Elektricity (check the outstanding ‘Impossible To Say’). When not Broken Beat with Russian producer Lay-Far on the intoxicating ‘Stand Up’ as remixed by Atjazz. This in addition to his memorable contribution to Joey Negro‘s The Sunburst Band.
Meanwhile the list would be incomplete without a mention of his regular collaborations with House producers. This bringing us to gems such as ‘In My Heart’ with Bobby & Steve but also ‘Gotta Make It Right’ with Groove Assassin. And, more recently, ‘Freedom’ with Portuguese producer Alex Ander. Then ‘In Bed With You’ with thatmanmonkz and ‘Thank You’ with The Layabouts. These in addition to ‘New World’ along With Sean McCabe.