Tennerz: David Morales presents The Face feat. Kym Mazelle – Lovin’ (Disko Mix) (Def Mix Music)
Alright, David Morales is no new comer. And that something quite obvious when comin’ to listen to this Disko Mix of ‘Lovin”. There’s something quite familiar. At least for those who happened to be around – like our man – back in the Disco daze! ‘Lovin” bringin’ us back to the souvenir of those infectious floorfillers by the likes of Sylvester and Two Tons Of Fun. And more precisely the firing ‘Lovin’ Is Really My Game’ whose origins bring us back to Brainstorm which Sylvester eventually covered. With Chicago diva Kym Mazelle powerfully doin’ her thing. And Morales givin’ the whole a contemporary Disco-House Feel.
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– A quick typing – ‘David Morales’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – Frankie Knuckles. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.
A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry, David Morales grew up during Dance Music’s most influential era. Thus, unsurprisingly frequenting its legendary clubs such as The Loft and The Paradise Garage.
As a result, it wasn’t long before he started his own nightclub – the Ozone Layer – in Brooklyn, by the beginning of the 80’s. His residency which lasted until 1986 eventually leading him to spin at The Paradise Garage in 1983. The 80’s seeing him DJing later at Newark, NJ’s famous The Zanzibar. With the latter standing as the craddle of the famous Jersey Sound also known as Garage. But also joining forces with Frankie Knuckles and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.
All in all, on his own or along with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales has remixed and produced over 500 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on ‘Mine To Give’ by the likes of British Junglist Photek along with Robert Owens. But also working along Brit-Soul / Acid Jazz activists. From James Taylor Quartet feat. Noel McCoy‘s ‘I Love The Life’. To the Brand New Heavies‘ ‘Never Stop’, Loose Ends‘ ‘Love’s Got Me’ and Imagination‘s ‘Instinctual’. Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘8.3.1.’. And how to not think of Alison Limerick‘s ‘Where Love Lives’ or Incognito‘s ‘Always There’ among others?!?
Of course, David Morales made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’, ‘Finally’ and ‘My Piece Of Heaven’, respectively for Robert Owens, CeCe Peniston and Ten City. This in addition to Ce Ce Rogers‘ ‘All Join Hands’, Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” and Richard Rogers‘ ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’. If not Doug Lazy‘s ‘H.O.U.S.E.’.
But, just like Frankie Knuckles, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Mariah Carey (‘Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)’) with whom he established a long term working relationship. But also Luther Vandross (‘The Rush’) and Alexander O’Neal (‘What Is This Thing Called Love’). This in addition to Miles Jaye (‘Heaven’) and Whitney Houston (‘Love Will Save The Day’).
Meanwhile, under his own banner, Morales also made quite an impression. Beginning with his debut-album and single of the likes – ‘The Program’ – as David Morales & The Bad Yard Club back in 1993. But also ‘Needin’ U’ as The Face, five years later. And how to not remember ‘Golden Era’ along with Róisín Murphy? A cut which stood among the essential tracks of the year 2012… Or, more recently, ‘Lovin” as The Face feat. Kym Mazelle. And ‘There Must Be Love’ as fronted by Janice Robinson. This with remix courtesy of Nigel Lowis, which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then…
– A native of Gary, IN, Kym Mazelle happened to live in the same street as the Jackson family. By 1981, she attended, she attended Mundelein College in Chicago, IL. And, the year after, she transferred to Columbia College Chicago. There, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Entertainment Media Management in 1986. Eventually working part-time as an intern and secretary at Lyric Opera of Chicago during that period.
Soon after graduating, Kym released her first single – ‘Taste My Love’ – along with House To House. In other words, one of the various guises of Marshall Jefferson. This on Byron Stingily‘s ‘Police’ transient label. From then, the cut got sent to London where she eventually relocated a bit later. A few months on, and Kym Mazelle would come to international recognition. This with the Marshall Jefferson produced ‘Useless’ which stands as one of the biggest classics of Chicago early House. Meanwhile, she would make extra waves. This while sharing the bill with Dr Robert of The Blow Monkeys fame on the boiling hot ‘Wait’ with remixing work courtesy of Juan Atkins. Then when joining Soul II Soul, thus takin’ the lead on the memorable ‘Missing You’ before touring with the band soon after.
Other notable collabs of her at the time seeing her teaming up with Jocelyn Brown, Rapination…
Kym Mazelle‘s debut album – ‘Crazy’ – hit the streets back in 1989. A massive package, as a matter of fact, including an impressive series of bangers. From her cover version of Jean Carn‘s ‘Was That All It Was’ to ‘Don’t Scandalize My Name’ with remix courtesy of Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley. Not to mention the swingin’ (‘Love Strain’) and ‘Got To Get You Back’ which Blaze eventually came to rework.
She made extra noise in the mid 90’s. This with her cover version of Candi Staton‘s ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ as a part of the ‘Romeo + Juliet’ OST. Meanwhile 1999 saw her venturing into drum & bass territories along with Junglist Peshay on the firing Truly’. And, more recently (in 2015), she joined David Morales and The Face on the memorable ‘Lovin”