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Atjazz Record Company are proud to share ‘Make It Brighter’, the first release from hot new signing ‘Mellow Baku and The Friday People’, dropping with 4 solid mixes.
The release was born from a chance meeting & musical sharing at last summer’s Suncebeat festival where The Friday People’s Steve Butler (also a long term, respected Southport Weekender resident DJ) played on the wonderful boat party alongside Atjazz. This infectious song features the wonderful voice of ‘Mellow Baku’ who brings her unique blend of soulful jazz vocals and lyrical prowess to this resonant piece of music. It instantly hooked Martin ‘Atjazz’ and is no surprise his head (and ears) were turned, tuned and caught... Listen and you’ll hear it’s no wonder that Courtney Pine, Erik Roberson & Fertile Ground (among others) have called on her support both in studio and tour; one of the UK’s finest vocal talents, one to watch!
The original mix is a slick Bossa affair featuring exciting live drums courtesy of Rich Thair (Red Snapper) and a massive brass arrangement from Bah Samba's talented Scott Bayliss, Ben Hadwen and Max Grunhard, the crecendo of this piece is a wonderful wall of textures and goosebumps are sure to appear.
Label honcho ‘Atjazz’ takes the song into the lab and warms things up in his inimitable manner turning out a slick dance-floor interpretation which will have the main rooms moving to his rolling beats, electronic soul and vocal treatment. A New Funky Generation (best known for their contribution to the Café Del Mar compilations & Jose Padilla LP’s) provide a gutsy, energetic and uplifting mix driven by eclectic rhythms & propelled by the live instrumentation from top UK jazz, Latin and soul musicians Steve Nutter and Mike Sole (headed up by Richard Frost). In the words of the good Dr Bob Jones “A New Funky Generation are for the real muzos in the house. Innovative is too easy a word, but it's true - these guys always sound fresh”. With 45 years as a globally respected authority, pioneer and DJ of quality soulful music he knows good music when he hears it!
The deep heads are indulged with an emotive and powerful Atjazz instrumental, which is guaranteed to delight fans around the world and get the underground floors workin’. This is proper heads down, shiftless shuffle shizzle.
‘Make It Brighter’ is an inspiring, vibrant song with a positive message - one that will be working floors and ears over the forthcoming months, years and beyond.
Crank it up, kick back and enjoy ‘Make It Brighter’.
Words by: Ben Brophy
Release/catalogue number: arc-046-sd
Release date: Nov 16, 2012