Mon. Oct. 25, 2021

DJ Pope – I Need You (Sound Of Baltimore Vocal Mix)

Single Of The Week: DJ Pope – I Need You (DJ Pope Sound Of Baltimore Vocal Mix) (Poji Records)

To the ones of you who might still wonder about the connection between Disco and House, DJ Pope gives another brilliant response. On the heels of the recent ‘Do You Remember’ that saw him borrowing a part of Gary’s Gang ‘Lets Lovedance Tonight’. But this time takin’ on where Sylvester left back in 1980 with ‘I Need You’. A rendition he did 20 years later along with Marty St. Michaels as a matter of fact. Meawnhile waiting for another 18 years to brilliantly give it some reworks.

Proceeding to some research work, the way I usually do before delivering a review, I noticed some interesting thing while checking out the lyrics. Realizing that all the reputedly dedicated websites have done the same mistake. Meanwhile comin’ up with the lyrics of ‘Do You Wanna Funk’ as opposed to the ones of ‘I Need You’. Something that tells a lot about the kind of things one may find on Internet, don’t you think? Although this classic has come along with famous reworks since its release date. From Ron Hardy to Tom Moulton or Dimitri from Paris most notoriously!

‘I Need You’ most definitely showcased Sylvester‘s absolute dedication to his relatives and friends. This with an undeniable vibrancy and emotion. A feeling which falsetto singer Marty St. Michaels, in charge of the vocal duties, perfectly recaptured at the time. With DJ Pope brilliantly bringin’ the whole to a new dimension with his 2018 reworks…

Meanwhile, quite surprising to notice that despite an undeniable talent, St. Michaels only contributed to a little handful of releases…

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A DJ, a producer and a remixer, Brian Pope has made himself a permanent part in the history of the Baltimore House scene. He first brought his name on the map in the 80’s. Back then, he was producing a DJ Mix show on WEAA 88.9FM. He quickly teamed up with Oji Morris. Together, they gave birth to the highly respected POJI Records label. Setting up a loyal following along with time allowed him to spin in front of 10,000 people attendance at the Southport Weekender. And more locally to earn residencies in Baltimore and WDC clubs such as The Paradox and The Sanctuary to name a few.

Brian released his first production – ‘Traxx From The Vatican’ – back in 1993. From then, he buit up a consistant repertoire, for himself as with Oji. Collaborating with artists such as Ron Carroll, Lynette Smith and Dana Weaver. Not to mention Jocelyn Mathieu and Sheree Hicks more recently.

He released his first album – ‘My Way’ – as B-Soul presents The Family back in 2003. There, he showcased his writing and production skills, teamin’ up with artists such as Sheila Ford, Una and Ed Ramsey among others. An opus which got him to win the NYC’s Underground Archive Choice Award for album of the year. He followed two years after with ‘The Deeper Side Of Midnight’. A CD mix which generated extra attention. But this time to his skills as a gifted mixer and music selector.

Back together again 3 years after ‘Live It Up’, DJ Pope and Marc Evans could well be responsible for a(nother) major episode in the history of House Music with the infectious ‘Do You Remember’. Meanwhile showcasing their connection with Disco Music with a sample from Gary’s Gang‘s ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight’. In the footsteps of Stardust‘s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ and other Superfunk‘s ‘Lucky Star’. 2018 will tell! Then what about his cover version of Sylvester‘s ‘I Need You’ along with singer Marty St. Michaels? A cut he has reworked a few weeks before the Winter Music Conference…

Meanwhile 2018 (also) marks the 25th birthday of their Poji Records venture. With its 100th release being a revamp of Una‘s 2004 ‘Soul Underground’, titled ‘Soul Underground 2018’ for the occasion…

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