Single Of The Week: Wipe The Needle feat. Kenny Bobien – Where I Live (Main Mix) (Makin Moves)
“Your sweetness is my weakness…”, used to sing the late Barry White. This is pretty much where we’re at when giving a listen to WTN‘s ‘Where I Live’. With arrangements bringing us back to the souvenir of Louie Vega‘s explorations along with Elements Of Life. If not Blaze‘s ‘Found Love’.
Here we go with another outstanding release strengthening the reputation of Makin Moves as one of the most interesting labels around. Meanwhile, the Guyana Son remixes are equally worth the check…
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– Wipe The Needle saw the light in the mid 2000’s, from the reunion between Lee Gomez and Mikael Nybom. The twosome made themselves a reputation while injecting soulful, deep, dark and tech vibes along with time. As a result they collaborated with countless singers. From Dawn Tallman to Michelle Weeks, Philip Ramirez and Eddie Stockley. Not to mention Michael Proctor or Kenny Bobien among others. Releasing their music on labels such as Fourth Floor, NiteGrooves, Slip’N Slide and Makin Moves to name but a few.
Mikael Nybom, who made himself a name as a Drum & Bass artist – Unknown Factor – before joining WTN, took his distance from the scene a few years ago to focus on his activities as a 2D/3D freelance illustrator. This most likely marked a change. With Lee Gomez now alone obviously digging more into organic jazzy vibes.
– New Jersey’s Kenny Bobien has forged himself a reputation as one of the most in-demand singers in the House scene. With thanks to a unique falsetto style, he is widely seen as the “King of Gospel House Music”. Even though he left his imprint in other genres such as R&B while collaborating with many big names. From Teddy Pendergrass to Jennifer Holiday, Taylor Dayne or Celine Dion.
Kenny has powered countless club anthems. From his early works as a background vocalist along with Ten City in the second half of the 80’s. To his collaborations with some of the biggest producers in the House scene. From Kerri Chandler to Louie Vega and Blaze. But also B.O.P. and Frankie Feliciano. As many meetings which gave birth to classics such as ‘Reach’, ‘Rise Above The Storm’, ‘Hiya Love’ and ‘Father‘ among others. Not to mention his cover version of ‘Why We Sing’ with production work by the likes of Christina Hayes and George Sykes. Or his memorable duet with Stephanie Cooke on ‘Love’s Been Right Here’. This in addition to ‘Old Landmark’ and ‘Baptize Me’ along with The Djoon Experience.
Kenny also happened to contribute to the memorable ‘Sweet Chariot’ under the Club Artists United guise. Then later on added his voice to the Blaze present UDAUFL‘s ‘Keep Hope Alive’ album. Meamwhile, he more recently blessed us with gems such as ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘Where I Live’, respectively with Gianluca Pighi and Wipe The Needle.