This Beat Is Mine! (*) C+C Music Factory – Share That Beat Of Love (Columbia)
We most likely remember C+C Music Factory for their in yer face firing remixes and productions where they would blend elements of Disco and eventually Hip-Hop over some early House beats. In other words tracks such as ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ or ‘Here We Go’. Not to mention ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmmm’. But what about the mellower side of their repertoire???
It pretty much looks like their label – Columbia – passed on it. And probably because of the reasons I’ve explained earlier on. As a result, the classy and vibrant ‘Share That Beat Of Love’ didn’t even get a 7 inch release at the time. Although in the caliber of gems by the likes of Zhané such as ‘Sending My Love’. Going further on, they didn’t officially credit guest singer Audrey Wheeler although she delivered one of her best performances ever.
What a mess at the end, as ‘Share That Beat Of Love’ is such a beautiful song. With thanks to Rod Temperton who co-wrote it. Embedding a subtle wink to Alicia Myers‘ classic ‘I Want To Thank You’.
Justice would be partly paid to it though. With Andy Davies‘ Street Soul Records releasing it as a single back in 2011. This, under the form of a Limited edition radio mix 7″ as regrooved by Neil Thompson.
This Beat Is Mine! (*)
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Robert Clivillés… A name that should still ring a bell for many of you. And more precisely as one of the 2 C’s of C+C Music Factory along with the late David Cole. Two guys who most likely pioneered the era of production pairs in the history of House Music. This along with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. And of course, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. Meanwhile turning themselves into an impressive hit machine in the second half of the 80’s.
A New York City native of a Puerto-Rican descent, Robert Manuel Clivillés met David Bryon Cole in 1985. Back then, the latter was working as a DJ at the Better Days club. The twosome became friends and soon after started working together, eventually releasing ‘Do It Properly!’ 2 years after. A track which they put out as 2 Puerto Ricans (Clivillés and David Morales), A Blackman (David Cole) And A Dominican (Chep Nuñez). With a follow-up – ‘Scandalous’ – seeing the light in 1989.
From then, the 2 C’s would release an impressive string of gems under various guises. From simply Clivillés & Cole to The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.. Not to mention The 28th Crew among others. This in addition to countless remixes for luminaries such as Natalie Cole (‘Pink Cadillac’) and Freddie Jackson (‘Crazy For Me’). But also Aretha Franklin And Whitney Houston (‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be’) to name but a very few.
Robert Clivillés and David Cole would nevertheless score their biggest success under the C+C Music Factory banner though. From the firing ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ to ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmmm’. In addition to ‘Just A Touch Of Love’ and ‘Do You Get Funky’. If not the underrated ‘Share That Beat Of Love’.
Everything went brutally to an end after the passing of David Cole on Jan. 24, 1995 at the age of 32. With the news of his death getting to me when on my way back home from Cannes’ MIDEM. I soon after heard he died from complications of spinal meningitis brought on by AIDS.
Robert Clivillés eventually reformed C+C Music Factory back in 2010 with Eric Kupper. They released two singles since then. Beginning with ‘Music 4 The Soul’ back in 2014 and ‘Set Me Free’ featuring Kimberly Davis in 2017 with remixing work featuring Louie Vega.
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