Mon. Nov. 11, 2019

TZ – I Got The Hots For You (Vocal Version)

Lost but not least! TZ – I Got The Hots For You (Vocal Version) (Street Sounds)

Who’s this female artist singin’ her heart out? Hard to not instantly think of Chaka Khan as a matter of fact. Although it’s definitely not her but Toni Smith. A singer who highlighted Tom Browne‘s memorable ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’ with her powerful vocals. But also delivered the highly sought after ‘(Ooh!) I Like The Way It Feels’ on her own.

We catch her for another infectious round back in 1983. Responsible for both the writing (with Matt Noble) and the vocal delivery of TZ‘s ‘I Got The Hots For You’. This at a time when Disco had already mutated with the ongoing incorporation of Electronic sounds. With Shelter Don Timmy Regisford together with Boyd Jarvis turnin’ it into a firing gem. Then S-Express borrowing its vocal hook 5 years after on the memorable ‘Theme From S-Express’

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Overview
– The initials of Tukuca Zakamaya, TZ ended up among those countless one off projects that paved the history of Underground Music. TZ saw the light back in 1983 from the reunion between producer Matt Noble and Toni Smith. Thus resulting in the delivery of ‘I Got The Hots For You’. This with remixing work courtesy of Timmy Regisford and Boyd Jarvis. Their boiing gem reachin’ a higher audience 5 years later. Thius with Mark Moore of the S-Express fame sampling its vocal hook along with Rose Royce’s classic ‘Is It Love You’re After’ on the ‘Theme From S-Express’.

– Despite an undeniable talent as a songwriter and vocal arranger, Toni Smith never managed to get the recognition she truly deserved as a singer, only offered to release a handful of singles on her own. Beginning with the highly sought after ‘(Ooh!) I Like The Way It Feels’.

Quite ironical though in regards to an artist who started to sing professionnaly at the age of 12. And even more, remembering the ones she worked with as a vocal arranger, including Stephanie Mills and Meli’sa Morgan. Not to mention her presence on Tom Browne‘s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’. The twosome teamin’ up once again 14 years after on a cover version of George Benson‘s classic ‘Give Me The Night’.

Toni Smith also contributed to TZ‘s bouncing Electro Funk fuelled ‘I Got The Hots For You’. A track which S-Express sampled back in 1988 on the anthemic ‘Theme From S-Express’.

– The very first time I’d got to hear of Boyd Jarvis brings us back to 1983. Back then, he was the man behind Visual‘s ‘The Music Got Me’ with production work by the likes of Timmy Regisford on Prelude. At a time when Disco had gone out of the trends (remember the Demolition Night). Meanwhile leavin’ the Big Apple club scene in search of what would come next.

The record that spawned a musical revolution had its origins in Jarvis’ obsession with synths. “The synthesizer has been an opportunity for me to get into the music business”, Jarvis said on Redbullmusicacademy. “I read books about synthesis, and learned to make drum sounds using white noise, sub, click and so on. Through that I discovered how to make my own syn-drums, claps and kicks.”

Starting as a lighting designer before studying music architecture, Boyd Jarvis played a key role in the mutation of Club Music. This along with Winston Jones, Paul Simpson, and Tony Humphries. Not to mention Timmy Regisford with whom he would work on a regular basis at the time. Such as on the mixing work of ‘I Want Your Lovin’ (Just A Little Bit)’ which they did for Curtis Hairston among others.

More of a shadow man, Boyd‘s name is associated to countless releases. As a producer, session musician and remixer. From Jellybean to Herbie Hancock. But also TZ’s ‘I Got The Hots For You’, or Billie‘s ‘memorable ‘Nobody’s Business’. This in addition to Wally Jump, Jr. and Antonio Ocasio to name a few. Therefore standing among the missing links between Disco and House Music. Meanwhile standing as the one who came to discover Colonel Abrams. Contributing to his classic ‘Music Is The Answer’…

The 90’s saw Jarvis collaborating with Joe Claussell. With the twosome eventually bringing Ananda Project‘s ‘Cascade Of Colour’ to a rare level on their remixing work. Meanwhile he would also give the whole dimension of his talent on his own. This with the percussive ‘Sunny Days’ back in 2001 on François K‘s Wave Music label. His 2012 ‘Boyd Jarvis And The Suovonic Movement’ album givin’ us an extra opportunity to enjoy his skills.

Boyd Jarvis sadly died, aged 59, on Feb. 16, 2018 in East Orange, NJ after battling against cancer.

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