Sun. Jun. 20, 2021

Leroy Burgess & Kenny Carpenter – More Love

Tennerz: Leroy Burgess & Kenny Carpenter – More Love (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Remix) (KC Recordings)

No matter what… We can tell ourselves as many stories we like, humanity needs more love, just as we all do as individuals. Nothing really new in this though, with Stevie Wonder singin’ ‘Love’s In Need Of Love’ back in 1976. And this is just one among countless illustrations regarding the matter. With some of them bringing us to some verses of the Bible. Such as “Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all wrongs”. Or “Love does not harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fullfillment of the law”. Meanwhile, one could read things such as “Real love does not decay” among others in the Qur’an.

“More Love” is just a simple and beautiful reminder as to how we, as a whole, are in definitive need of more care and respect. As many words of wisdom by the likes of two talents – Leroy Burgess and DJ/producer Kenny Carpenter – who’ve shown their dedication to their art for years. And, by that, their love of us while delivering quality material along with time. With Quantize Recordings label head DJ Spen and Gary Hudgins bringin’ their message to the next level on their rework(s).

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– A singer, songwriter, keyboardist, arranger and producer, Leroy Burgess stands as a key figure in the NYC Disco scene. He started as a backing singer for Black Ivory at the age of 17 and would write most of the band’s hits, beginning with the seminal ‘Mainline’.
Burgess is also remembered for his countless collaborations with Patrick Adams. Be it as a member of Inner Life (along with Jocelyn Brown), The Universal Robot Band or Bumblebee Unlimited. But he also happened to work with producer Greg Carmichael under the Convertion guise. A transient act whom you might remember for ‘Let’s Do It’ which Frankie Crocker heavily championed back then on WBLS. With Louie Vega givin’ it a revamp back in 2015.

As a solo artist (he also recorded as Logg), Leroy Burgess scored a substantial amount of club hits such as ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘(You’ve) Got That Something’ and ‘I Know You Will’.

He joined Taharqa and Tunde Ra Aleem to form Aleem (later known as The Fantastic Aleems) in the mid-80’s. Together, they would drop gems such as ‘Get Loose, ‘Confusion’ and ‘Love’s On Fire’. They also produced the memorable ‘Over Like A Fat Rat’ for Fonda Rae.

Meanwhile, joining forces with artists of the current times was just like a natural progression for him. Collaborating with luminaries such as The Sunburst Band, Cool Million and Yam Who? But also Jonny Montana & Craig Stewart. With his latest delivery – ‘More Love’ – seeing him sharing the duties with NYC vet DJ/Producer Kenny Carpenter.

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