Single Of The Week: Diephuis – Crossing Borders (Kings Of House NYC Mix feat. Anané) (NuLu Electronic)
Crossing borders… Who’s the one of us who’s never done so. Or at least, who’s never felt the temptation to do so??? Of course, to many of us, livin’ on tracks would feel like more secure. But in the meantime, what about the excitement the perspective of experiencing new things most oftenly brings? And how about the satisfaction that such a challenge brings???
Barend-Jan Beljaars, better known as Diephuis (“Deep House” in his native Dutch language) looks set to cross the borders with this latest offering of his. In charge of the remix treatment, two of the famous Kings Of House NYC (David Morales and Louie Vega) along with Anané on vocals.
From the very first note, you can tell. This is nothing but pure dancefloor devastation. Embedding the roughness of early House, over a bassline alla Black Magic‘s ‘Let It Go’. With a rhythmic pattern reminding of Kerri Chandler‘s ‘Bar A Thym’. But also a combination of effects inherited from Tribal House and infectious Latin percussion. With Anané standing as the MC. Therefore addressing us an invitation to be crossing borders one can hardly resist to. Be it in English or in Spanish…
“Temptation, temptation, temptation…”
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Rotterdam born DJ/producer Diephuis states Disco, Techno, Afro, Soul, Funk and Jazz as his major influences. His fascination for these kinds of moods started in the 90’s, inspired by DJ’s like Larry Levan, MAW and Joe Claussell. Then later on Osunlade, Henrik Schwarz, Dixon and Spinna.
Barend-Jan Beljaars (that’s his ID) started making music in 2008, on the hells of an already impressive C.V. as a DJ. He released his first EP – ‘Deeproots’ – Afrazoo the year after. His first major production – ‘Beautiful Life’ featuring Stephanie Cooke – followed two years after on King Street. It got soon after included on Hed Kandi’s ‘Beach House 2011’ compilation. Then, later on, Louie Vega took it for his compilation for King Street.
At the end of 2012, he remixed Peven Everett‘s ‘Black Boy’ for UDM Show Records. From then, Diephuis has been working with and/or for artists such as Ursula Rucker, Kenny Bobien, Marc Evans and Jephté Guillaume.
By the end of 2014, Diephuis released ‘Crossing Borders’ on Nulu Electronic. This project was remixed by Manoo and later on The Kings Of House NYC (David Morales and Louie Vega) featuring Anané Vega.
In the Summer of 2015, it made it #9 Top Downloads on Traxsource and #1 Top 100 Afro House tracks on Traxsource. Black Coffee eventually included the Manoo remix in his mix for Mixmag August 2015.
More recently, he came to bless us along with Jocelyn Brown on ‘Don’t Quit (Be A Believer)’ which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week on both its original delivery and its remix package featuring Reelsoul.