Mon. Nov. 29, 2021

Double Exposure – Ten Percent (KenLou Mix)

Classics: Double Exposure – Ten Percent (KenLou Mix) (Double J Records)

To be honest, I found it a bit easy to see this remix of the classic ‘Ten Percent’ rated as “House” on Discogs. Simply because KenLou (Kenny Dope and Louie Vega) had reworked it… Although all in all forgetting the background of the twosome. And, in the meantime, their obvious appetite to bring their own view from those gems from yesteryear which contributed to their musical education. Meanwhile remaining respectful to their original spirit.

To make it short, let’s just suppose this fµ**** Disco Demolition Night never happened, yeah? Well, chances are great then Disco would have sounded that way 15 years after with Dope and Vega at the command.

The original version of ‘Ten Percent’ pretty much made some noise. This as the first 12 inch commercial release in the history of the recording industry, back in May 1976. And this remix by the Masters At Work, 16 years after came as a way to bring those outstanding arrangements by Baker, Harris and Young not only to some new crowds. But also to a new dimension. Thus standing among their best reworks ever…

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– Celebrating the rebirth of Salsoul Records, Joe Cayre and his son, Jack, launched Double J Records. A subsiddiary label destined to take on where Salsoul had left. This while targeting the Club Music scene at the time. Not only with remixes of the classics from the Salsoul roster. But also pickin’ up new material from up and coming artists of the period.

I guess it’s fair to say their ‘Synergy’ compilation stands as the best summary of this period of activity of the label which lasted on few months. Between 1992 and 1994. A compilation that saw them commissioning la crème de la crème in terms of reputedly House Music producers. From Tony Humphries to Danny Tenaglia. But also Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and Todd Terry. This in addition to Kenny Dope and Louie Vega among others. With their reworks also made available as singles…

Double Exposure saw the light in Philadelphia, PA. A fortet comprising Leonard ‘Butch’ Davis, Joe Harris, Chuck Whittington and Jimmy Williams, they first appeared as United Image. They dropped their debut-single – ‘Love’s Creeping Up on Me’ – on Stax in 1971. And eventually released its follow up – ‘The African Bump’ – the year after on Branding Iron Records. Turning their guise into Double Exposure when signing a record deal with Salsoul Records in 1975.

They would release 3 albums between 1976 and 1979. With their debut-album – ‘Ten Percent’ spanning the classic ‘My Love Is Free’ and ‘Everyman’. Not to mention its title track which Masters At Work brilliantly reconstructed in 1992. Their last album – ‘Locker Room’ – featuring the unmissable ‘I Got The Hots (For Ya)’ which Frankie Crocker heavily championed back then on WBLS.

The group eventually prepared their return, recording new material along with some MFSB members back in 2008 (* Wikipedia). But nothing saw the light at the end. Salsoul Records releasing a 12″ this year though with the memorable Def Mixes of ‘My Love Is Free’.

Jimmy Williams sadly died of an aggressive form of cancer on Oct. 31, 2016.

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