Classics: Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don’t Know Me (Armed Records/FFRR)
‘You Don’t Know Me’… An asset which pretty much depicts what Armand Van Helden made himself of. This inbetween his personification as a public figure and what he truly is as a human.
“Whenever coming to produce music, I imagine a girl dancing in the studio”, he says. Something you could definitely tell. This when comin’ to listen to his in yer face bouncing cocktails. Themselves made of a blend of Funk, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Rap, Dance Hall or Reggae influences when not samples….
‘Witch Doctor’, ‘The Funk Phenomena’, ‘Flowerz’… But also ‘Sugar Is Sweeter’ and ‘Professional Widow’ which he remixed respectively for CJ Bolland and Tori Amos. Not to mention ‘Runaway’ for Nuyorican Soul or ‘The Bomb’ for Kenny Dope‘s ‘The Bucketheads’… As many anthems much illustrative of his unique signature. With the Disco-Housey ‘You Don’t Know Me’ featuring Duane Harden makin’ no exception. Thus cleverly sampling parts of Carrie Lucas‘ ‘Dance With You’…