First Listen: Single Of The Week: Barbara Tucker & Rick Galactik – Can We Try (Lilac Jeans Vocal Mix) (Room Control)
Can we try? Although we should say can you try, referring to the press release comin’ up with this gem. It says in substance
we’ll definitely give it a try when discovering all the creative productions and remixes this package has to offer. With the whole around an anthem song with emotion and meaning. And how not to subscribe to this as a matter of fact? With co-production work by the likes of DJN Project, Swift Ruben Vidal. This inspirational and heartfelt song seeing NYC House supreme Barbara Tucker jammin’ with DJN Project second half Rick Galactik in a real rousing way.
South African upcomin’ producers Linda Sikhosana and Floyd Nkonyane akaLilac Jeans, converting the… try. This while spicing up the whole with the right ingredients to transform it into a potential winner…
The NYC House scene would most likely not be what it is without the unvaluable contribution of Barbara Tucker. An ambassador, an activist, but first and foremost a complete artist. From acting on various off-Broadway plays to choregraphing various artists. Beginning with Deee-Lite. But also C&C Music Factory. Not to mention Underground Network dancers.
As a singer, Ms Tucker got into her art with the help of her dad, Jayotis Washington. Himself a member of The Persuasions. Meanwhile Gospel has always been a part of her environment. With thanks to her mum who was a church minister. Thus being for much on her ability to bring songs to a rare level. Therefore, no wonder how she came to deliver countless Underground classics. With ‘I Get Lifted’, and ‘Beautiful People’ counting as the first comin’ to mind. Not to mention ‘Deep Inside’ which she recorded under the Hardrive guise along with Louie Vega and Kenny Dope.
But how to not think of the boiling ‘Stop Playing With My Mind’ along with Darryl D’Bonneau back in 2000? An essential Strictly Rhythm classic that featured Audrey Wheeler, Cindy Mizelle and Khadejia Bass in the backing vocals. Meanwhile brilliantly embedding a sample of Black Ivory‘s famous ‘Mainline’. Then how to not remember her contribution to Blaze‘s UDAUFL album on the memorable ‘Most Precious Love’.
Meanwhile she also contributed to long time friends Bobby & Steve‘s ‘Deeper In Love’ featuring Bryan Chambers back in 2004. Then, more recently, she brilliantly joined forces with Rick Galactik on ‘Can We Try’ as remixed by Lilac Jeans. This before takin’ the lead on the bumpin’ ‘Love The Hurt Away’ along with Soul Addict with remix courtesy of DJ Spen. This to name but a very few out of her brilliant performances…