First Listen! Zepherin Saint feat. Ann Nesby & G3 – Optimistic (Tribe Vocal Mix) (Tribe Records)
We recently introduced you Zepherin Saint‘s rework of Sounds Of Blackness‘s classic ‘Optimistic’, as fronted by no one else but the one who was the female lead singer of this group…
6 months after, the Tribe Records label head gives it both a smoothened and deepened version, therefore redefining the contrasts with extra subtlty and expanding both the beauty and the power of Ann Nesby‘s performance…
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Zepherin Saint, enigmatic producer, DJ, talent scout and co-founder of Tribe records, sits opposite composed and alert.
Mastery acquired via two decades of flexing vinyl in the 80’s London warehouse scene. But also lighting up the dance floor for the likes of Michael Jackson et al. This tribe chief treads a tight rope between elusive party chameleon and all-around-nice-guy, nom de guerre ‘dream big brother’. His prominence as venerate artist is a far leap from the thirteen year old Cinderfella, who would enthusiastically pack rigging into the back of van for parties he was too young to attend. That was 1983, when folk transformed their homes into clubs, with a subsequent door tax to cover breakages.
Musical education was a diet administered daily. From Funk bands (Parliament, Slave) to UK Jazz Funk. Not to mention Soul, Lovers Rock and Country (thanks mum and dad) melted into the pot.
1987 came to fruition with the debut release of ‘Give Me Back Your Love’. A cut which saw him teaming up with Carol Leeming, under the pseudonym Boyz In Shock on Jack Trax. It is regarded as one of the first British garage tracks.
In the past years, Saint has toured extensively. He discovered an infinite appreciation of his music and the genre in general. And this, including in the most unexpected of places such as Beirut, Syria, Egypt. Feeding into an obsessive love of Soul Music, Saint has devoted himself to discovering and nurturing new strains from around the globe.
Producing a unique blend of Afro House, referencing primary roots into a myriad of hypnotic layers, the sound is deep and intoxicating. Saint has attained the optimum position to convey Tribe’s message of One Sound, One People to the masses.
(words: Martina Rhandles)