Single Of The Week: Tumelo – I Fantasize (Mark Francis Mix) (Tribe Records)
What a voice and what an emotion! The first impression coming to mind when givin’ a listen to this song… Initially released back in 2014 as a part of Tumelo‘s ‘Traces Of Love’ album on some Mzansi House mood. US producer Mark Francis gives it a one of a kind rework, meanwhile bringing it into a different direction.
Here we go with some deep & soulful House vibes at their finest. Francis rebuilding the whole upon a bumpin’ bass-driven jam. The syncopated effect is immediate, leaving the necessary space for sparkling synth lines and the singer’s performance to find their dimension.
The more you get, the more you want clearly defines what this piece of music is about. Most likely due to find some space in our 2016 Top 10. Differently said, an essential purchase with Francis strengthening his position as one of the hottest creative forces currently around.
“I Fantasize”, sings Tumelo. Mark Francis (re)made it!
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– One of South Africa’s most talented vocalists, Tumelo Ruele was born and raised in Sebokand in the Vaal Triangle. The son of a pastor, he clearly felt he could sing by the age of 9, from his experience at church. He realized music was an avenue he would love to explore during his High School days. Although he did it as a passion meanwhile studying B Com Acc.
Speaking about his influences, he quotes luminaries such as Johnny Gill and BeBe Winans. But also Louie Vega and Josh Milan among others. Not to mention local artists Thandiswa Mazwai, Mandla Spikiri, Zonke and Black Coffee.
Tumelo‘s first cut – ‘You Are’ – gained extra exposure with its inclusion on the ‘Expressions’ compilation (Outrageous Records). It therefore gave him the opportunity to meet Black Coffee at a performance in Pretoria. The latter eventually remixing and releasing it as a part of his self-titled debut-LP which won a Dance SAMA.
Tumelo soon after signed on Black Coffee‘s Soulistic Music. An opportunity which got him to collaborate with various artists and DJ’s, beginning with Franck Roger and Sis n Jones.
His debut solo album saw the light on Sept. 10, 2010, with productions by Zakes Bantwini, Black Coffee and Culoe de Song. Titled ‘Arise and Shine’, it featured Vikter Duplaix, Gospel singer Deborah Fraser and rapper J.R..
‘Traces Of Love’, Tumelo’s second album, followed 4 years later with contributions by the likes of Uhuru, MuZart’s Rorisang Thandekiso and Black Coffee on production. Among its highlights, the vibrant ‘I Fantasize’. A song which takes its inspiration from the absence of his partner during a period when he was constantly on tour performing. With Tribe Records label head Zepherin Saint and Mark Francis giving it extra remixes 2 years after.
– Mark Francis has become a force to count with. An avid music listener and collector, he studied the artistry of the insanely talented DJ’s that influenced his career such as Tyrone Francis, Timmy Regisford, and Jihad Muhammad.
Mark developed his own niche; an innate ability to ride and blend tracks that take the dancer on a rhythmic journey. Since 2008, he’s been a member of the Shelter family.
On the production front, he put out his first EP, ‘London Girls’ on London label Tribe Records by late 2014. Since then, he has dropped regular gems on labels such as Tribe, Quantize Recordings and Makin Moves among others. With many of them catching our attention on these shores. From productions such as ‘I Need Your Love’ along with Mike City. To remixes such as ‘I Fantasize’ or ‘The Cure’ for The Rhythm Sessions featuring Portia Monique to name a few. With O’Man Blues feat. Dindy‘s ‘Rise’ makin’ no exception…