Mon. Oct. 25, 2021

Barbara Tucker – Stop Playing With My Mind

Classics: Barbara Tucker feat. Darryl D’Bonneau – Stop Playing With My Mind (Whiplash And Turner Vocal Mix) (Strictly Rhythm)

‘Stop Playing With My Mind…’ Here we dive into a pivotal episode in the history of (NYC) House Music. Gathering all the elements that made the Big Apple’s culture with no comparison in the world.

As a matter of fact, a quick listen to it suffices to understand. From the undeniable upbringing of Disco in the maturation of House Music. To the full integration of influences such as Gospel, Funk and Soul. When not African, Latin or Jazz vibes…

As a result, one might consider evergreen ‘Stop Playing With My Mind’ as a hyphen between 2 distinctive periods. Even though the tradition of NYC DJing has always been like blending them as opposed to make the distinction between them.

From the vaults of seminal label Strictly Rhythm… This boiling gem features two of the most talented actors of the local scene. With, on one side, NYC House diva Barbara Tucker. And on the other, Darryl D’Bonneau whose voice speaks for itself. Both of them dislaying a rare energy on this face to face dialog. With remixing work in absolute fine style by Freddy Turner and Jason Hernandez aka Whiplash And Turner. Meanwhile borrowing a sample from the seminal ‘Mainline’ by the likes of Black Ivory. A classic which also happened to influence the late Frankie Knuckles back in 2012 on the memorable ‘Get Over U’ with editing work courtesy of Sami Dee.

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– A native of South Carolina, Darryl D’Bonneau stands among the most beautiful voices in the circuit. Most likely belonging to the first league along with the late K.T. Brooks. But also Arnold Jarvis and Robert Owens. He made his debut back in 1992 with ‘More Than Anything’. The first in a impressive series of impressive gems. Beginning with the 2000 Disco-influenced ‘Stop Playing With My Mind’ built on a sample of Black Ivory‘s classic ‘Mainline’. Meanwhile scoring his biggest success along with Barbara Tucker. With other tracks worth the listen including ‘A Better Way’ and ‘Revenge’. But also the incredible ‘Miracles’ which is probably his most vibrant performance ever. With respective remixing work courtesy of 83 West, Scott Wozniak and Jon Cutler. Three cuts one could find on his 2008 ‘Remixed, Reworked & Reimagined’ album on Jellybean Soul.

Last but not least, he also teamed up with DJ Romain on the bumpin’ bass-driven ‘It’s The Spirit’. And he joined forces with Fuzion and K.T. Brooks. Altogether comin’ up with the uplifting ‘Unity (We Can Do This)’. Then with Jamie Lewis and Soulstar Syndicate on the ‘housetalgic’ ‘Do You Remember’.

– The NYC House scene would most likely not be what it is without the unvaluable contribution of Barbara Tucker. An ambassador, an activist, but first and foremost a complete artist. From acting on various off-Broadway plays to choregraphing various artists. Beginning with Deee-Lite. But also C&C Music Factory. Not to mention Underground Network dancers.

As a singer, Ms Tucker got into her art with the help of her dad, Jayotis Washington. Himself a member of The Persuasions. Meanwhile Gospel has always been a part of her environment. With thanks to her mum who was a church minister. Thus being for much on her ability to bring songs to a rare level. Therefore, no wonder how she came to deliver countless Underground classics. With ‘I Get Lifted’, and ‘Beautiful People’ counting as the first comin’ to mind. Not to mention ‘Deep Inside’ which she recorded under the Hardrive guise along with Louie Vega and Kenny Dope.

But how to not think of the boiling ‘Stop Playing With My Mind’ along with Darryl D’Bonneau back in 2000? An essential Strictly Rhythm classic that featured Audrey Wheeler, Cindy Mizelle and Khadejia Bass in the backing vocals. Meanwhile brilliantly embedding a sample of Black Ivory‘s famous ‘Mainline’. Then how to not remember her contribution to Blaze‘s UDAUFL album on the memorable ‘Most Precious Love’.

Meanwhile she also contributed to long time friends Bobby & Steve‘s ‘Deeper In Love’ featuring Bryan Chambers back in 2004. Then, more recently, she brilliantly joined forces with Rick Galactik on ‘Can We Try’ as remixed by Lilac Jeans. This before takin’ the lead on the bumpin’ ‘Love The Hurt Away’ along with Soul Addict with remix courtesy of DJ Spen. This to name but a very few out of her brilliant performances…

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