Tennerz: DJ Pope featuring Jocelyn Mathieu – Ma Ma Warn Me (DJ Pope’s Sound Of Baltimore Vocal) (Poji Exclusive)
On the heels of ‘Toledo’ which saw the light last June, Baltimore DJ Pope goin’ for an encore with French singer Jocelyn Mathieu on ‘Ma Ma Warn Me’.
Undeniably, there’s an instant sensation of warmth on this enlightening gem. As a matter of fact, and you tell me if I’m wrong, I hardly can’t think of Blaze when havin’ a listen to it. From the overhall feeling it displays to more specific things such as its fluidity. With thanks to Charles Dockins‘ delicate keys. Not to mention Mathieu‘s voicing which, at times, reminds of Josh Milan.
In other words, ‘Ma Ma Warn Me’ is a classy and delicate piece of music. With Alex Finkin delivering interesting alternative mixes while integrating stellar jazzy key parts. You certainly don’t wanna miss this. Do you?
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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…
– Hailing from Paris singer/songwriter Jocelyn Mathieu stands in the vein of that handful of France-based singers who’ve generated respect abroad. A list where are to be found Ladybird, Mani Hoffman and Chris Wonder for instance. The list of the producers he’s been working with speakin’ for itself. From Alex Finkin and Reverend P on the memorable ‘Those Days Are Gone’ which Louie Vega licensed on his Vega Records label back in 2009. To Ralf GUM, Silvia Zaragoza and UPZ. But also DJ Pope (‘Ma Ma Warn Me’) and Souldynamic (‘Fine Wine’). Not to mention Deep Roger (‘Never Gonna Be The Same’)…