This Beat Is Mine! Arnold Jarvis – Love Of My Life (Main Mix) (West End Records)
What I do appreciate about your site is the width of your coverage spectrum. Therefore allowing to play along the periods and the genres. Something which, to me, is nothing but the basic principle of the mix! Meanwhile, this is pretty much what Baltimore producer Teddy Douglas of the Basement Boys managed to do here on ‘Love Of My Life’ for NYC singer Arnold Jarvis…
And for this to happen, he has subtly inserted a sample of Disco gem ‘Carry On, Turn Me On’ by the likes of French outfit Space. An idea which Victor Simonelli also had when remixing Martha Cinader‘s ‘Living It’ back in 1997 as a matter of fact.
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– Arnold Jarvis‘ road to a musical career began at the age of 16 when he sang with the Baltimore Gospel Choir. His rich, Gospel-inflected baritone and unique phrasing made him one of the choir’s most favored soloists.
A Singer, a songwriter and a performer he, just like Robert Owens and Omar, has a voice gifted by the gods. Therefore, no wonder why he’s been touring with countless artists. From Loleatta Holloway to Jocelyn Brown or Jody Watley. But also Queen Latifah, Ultra Naté and Adeva among many others.
Jarvis has collaborated with an impressive list of House Music top producers. This resulting in countless seminal classics. From ‘Take Some Time Out’ with Tommy Musto and Yvonne Turner. To ‘And I Loved You’ with Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie. Not to mention ‘Life Goes On’ with Louie Vega. And the list goes on along with Teddy Douglas of The Basement Boys fame (‘Love Of My Life’). And Alix Alvarez (‘Rising Into Joy’). If not Benji Candelario (‘You’ve Let Love Slip Away’, ‘Higher’) or Mannix (‘Stronger Than You Think You Are’).
Arnold is as well remembered as a member of UDAUFL. A collective of artists which Blaze put together back in 2003 in order to raise funds against AIDS.
He has also released a solo album – ‘Just Say It’ – produced by Timmy Regisford and Adams Rios 9 years after.
– To a big majority of us, Baltimore, MD would probably not be the first place comin’ to mind when speakin’ about House Music. It’s nonetheless one of the cradles of the genre. As pretty much reminded by Karizma in a (video) interview we had with him back in the day. With big ups to former graphic designer Jay Steinhour and former record store manager Teddy Douglas. Two guys who, in the second half of the 80’s, gave birth to The Basement Boys. A collective of talents that came to gather people such as Neal Conway and Kris Klayton aka Karizma. But also Maurice Fulton. Not to mention Thommy Davis and Sean Spencer (DJ Spen) who are at the command of Quantize Recordings nowadays.
The first trace of a release by the likes of The Basement Boys bring us back to 1988 and ‘Love Don’t Live Here No More’. An adaptation of Rose Royce‘s classic ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ on Jonathan Mann‘s Jump Street Records. And even though their discography as The Basement Boys isn’t that big, they most likely helped shapin’ the profiles of many local talents. From Ultra Naté (‘It’s Over Now’, ‘Scandal’) to Mass Order (‘Lift Every Voice’). But also Those Guys (‘Love, Love, Love’) and Jasper Street Co. (‘Solid Ground’) to name a few. Not to mention, although she’s hailing from WDC, Crystal Waters with the memorable ‘Gypsy Woman’.
Teddy Douglas adding his name to the list. Be it as a producer with gems such as ‘Love Of My Life’ for Arnold Jarvis. But also ‘God Created Woman’ for Margaret Grace and ‘Nobody’s Fool’ for Rochelle Fleming. Or as a solo artist with the explosive ‘Journey To The Motherland’ and the tribal ‘Check It Out’. In addition to ‘Only A Fool’ featuring Marcell more recently.