Tennerz: Kiki Kyte – Disco Chick (John Morales M+M Roller Boogie Mix) (Sedsoul)
“Disco, that’s where happy people go”, used to sing The Trammps back in the day. And this is pretty much where Kiki Kyte along with Cool Million bring us with the shiny ‘Disco Chick’. Vet producer John Morales enhancing the feeling on his rework.
As a result, hard not to think of Indeep‘s classic ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’. But also of Chic or Delegation on this rhythm guitar-driven joint. If not of The Emotions‘ ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’, referring to the vocal arrangements.
Good time most likely guaranteed, with the potential to turn into a Disco Chick, if not already!
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Cool Million‘s protegee Kiki Kyle might be a sensation to many of us. But she’s no new comer. Based in Venice Beach, CA, the Carolina native got her training coming up singing Gospel in the church from the early age of 5. Although she never managed to release anything on her own back in the day, she has sung back up for Evelyn Champagne King. And she has also toured with luminaries such as Chaka Khan, The Mary Jane Girls and Klymaxx.
“I’m a Free-Spirit”, she states. “I’m an Aquarius, I’m funky, I hate rules and routines. I get bored fast. I’m a Drummer Girl so I like to roll and bounce to my own beat. I’ve always been a fan of the Disco genre”. Just like her producers as a matter of fact! “And with ‘Disco Chick,’ I want to take people into new day Studio54.”. A track which comes up as the follow up to ‘Good Time’ as a part of Cool Million 2015 ‘Sumthin’ Like This’ album.
“It’s all like a wonderful dream”, Kiki says. “That’s what dancing is supposed to be. Being on the dance floor and laughing and having a wonderful time is what everyone dreams about. And I wanted to capture that feeling. My song is about freedom and love and carefree times. ‘Disco Chick’ is my way of telling people to lighten up, have fun and feel the love.
I want to bring back the Disco sound but give it a modern, alternative twist. Music goes through trends and I know the trend is to get dancing. My music gives people that freedom.”
– Bronx, NY-born John Morales has worked on creating hit records for the better part of 30 years. As a DJ, he played spots like Stardust Ballroom, the Limelight and the infamous Studio 54.
Like many of his alter egos in the 70’s, John ventured into the studio more through need than necessity. Being a DJ, he needed to get more out of the records he was spinning. There, he would produce medleys and do remixes because the records in those days were too short.
His now infamous Deadly Medleys and Sunshine Acetate Medleys brought him to attention of New York Disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams who were impressed by the hunger and desire of the self-taught engineer.
A meeting at New York’s influential WBLS radio station got him to croos the path of Sergio Munzibai who worked as musical director alongside Frankie Crocker.
The twosome turned themselves into the most prolific remixing unit from then. M&M Productions have dropped over 650 mixes with Class Action, Jocelyn Brown, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and The Commodores standing among those they worked with.
In fact, Morales & Munzibai retouched just about every major artist of the day back then.