First Listen: The Doggett Brothers feat. Laura Jackson – Colours (Mark Di Meo Remix) (Soulstice Music)
How lucky we are being provided with so many quality releases from all over the place these days… As many goodies coming up right on time for the festive period. With, you’ve guessed it, The Doggett Brothers makin’ no exception along with Mark Di Meo, responsible for the remix…
As a matter of fact, kinda hard to find a better title to depict what this new delivery of theirs is about. ‘Colours’ is definitely what stands out from Laura Jackson‘s vocal performance. And it’s also most likely the keyword speaking of Mark Di Meo‘s rework.
Here we go with an instant feel good rhythm guitar driven jazzy funk gem. The kind of classy approach obviously destined to stand the test of time. In the footsteps of what we used to call R&B/Dance by the beginning of the eighties, although with a contemporary approach.
You might like Disco, you might like Funk, you might like Jazz, you might like… House. ‘Colours’ has everything you might like. This therefore making of it a brilliant crossover.
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– The Doggett Brothers are a UK collective with their own style of soul, R&B, Funk and Dance Music. Brothers Greg & Carl Doggett originally launched it in 2010 as a studio project.
As musicians, they take influences from the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, and Quincy Jones. But also Earth Wind & Fire, Incognito, Michael Jackson, Reel People, D’Angelo, Dwele and Gilles Peterson.
The brothers’ critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Daylight’, found some positive echo as Jazz FM‘s Album of the Week. An award followed for best band at The 2015 East Anglian Music Awards. In addition to a featured spot on BBC Introducing.
The Doggett Brothers have performed extensively throughout the UK. They eventually participated to sell out shows at the world famous Camden Jazz Café in London. But also starred at the Margate Soul Weekender, Hoochie Coochie Club and the Pizza Express (Soho, London).
The band have worked with the best of the current crop of UK Soul singers. From Kenny Thomas to Katie Hector (Incognito) and Natasha Watts among others.
The talented Laura Jackson (Cool Million) joined The Doggett Brothers as lead vocalist back in 2014.
In addition, The DB have opened for Alexander O’Neal and legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ, Trevor Nelson.
No surprisingly, their 11 track new album, ‘Colours’, is another mix of Soul, R&B, Funk and Dance Music vibes. Whilst keeping close to their UK sound, Greg and Carl have always had an obsession with US soul and R&B. A sound that they have most likely weaved into this album.
Coming up on ‘Colours’, alongside heavyweight vocalist Kenny Thomas and Laura Jackson, are 3 new recruits. 3 vocal talents by the likes of Stacy Stuart, Arnob Basit and Dominic Uppiah.
‘Colours’ shot up the UK Soul Chart to #2 and spent 3 week at #1 on the Solar Radio Sweet Rhythm Chart.
The Doggett Brothers signed with P-Vine in August 2016, releasing their album 2 months later in Japan.
“This album is quality from start to finish, great tracks…” (Opolopo)
– 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.