Classics: Teddy Douglas presents Margaret Grace – God Created Woman (Sean McCabe Vocal Mix) (Save Your Soul)
“And God created woman…” Nope, we’re not speaking here of the famous 1956 French drama film directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot. But of one of the best releases that ever saw the light on Basement Boys Records. Responsible for this, one half of The Basement Boys himself. In other words Teddy Douglas, coming along with Margaret Grace. A singer whose particular tones pretty much reminds the voice of Rosie Gaines. If not the one of the late Eartha Kitt…
British remixer Sean McCabe most definitely delivering one of his signature reworks. Therefore bringing stellar key and organ parts over a syncopated funk bass-driven bumpin’ rhythm pattern.
God created woman who knows when. Meanwhile Teddy Douglas and Sean McCabe created ‘God Created Woman’. And speaking of this, we know this happened back back in 2010. With both of them delivering one of the definitive highlights of that year. Missed it back then? Check it out and let us know what you think…
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– To a big majority of us, Baltimore, MD would probably not be the first place comin’ to mind when speakin’ about House Music. It’s nonetheless one of the cradles of the genre. As pretty much reminded by Karizma in a (video) interview we had with him back in the day. With big ups to former graphic designer Jay Steinhour and former record store manager Teddy Douglas. Two guys who, in the second half of the 80’s, gave birth to The Basement Boys. A collective of talents that came to gather people such as Neal Conway and Kris Klayton aka Karizma. But also Maurice Fulton. Not to mention Thommy Davis and Sean Spencer (DJ Spen) who are at the command of Quantize Recordings nowadays.
The first trace of a release by the likes of The Basement Boys bring us back to 1988 and ‘Love Don’t Live Here No More’. An adaptation of Rose Royce‘s classic ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ on Jonathan Mann‘s Jump Street Records. And even though their discography as The Basement Boys isn’t that big, they most likely helped shapin’ the profiles of many local talents. From Ultra Naté (‘It’s Over Now’, ‘Scandal’) to Mass Order (‘Lift Every Voice’). But also Those Guys (‘Love, Love, Love’) and Jasper Street Co. (‘Solid Ground’) to name a few. Not to mention, although she was hailing from WDC at the time, Crystal Waters with the memorable ‘Gypsy Woman’.
Teddy Douglas adding his name to the list. Be it as a producer with gems such as ‘Love Of My Life’ for Arnold Jarvis. But also ‘Good Created Woman’ for Margaret Grace and ‘Nobody’s Fool’ for Rochelle Fleming. Or as a solo artist with the explosive ‘Journey To The Motherland’ and the tribal ‘Check It Out’. In addition to ‘Only A Fool’ featuring Marcell more recently.
– Sean McCabe lives in a city – Bristol – where the sound has always had a meaning. Whatever the genre may be at the end. And God knows how the man has set up a clear identity wherever he might have put his hands.
Born in 1985, McCabe saw the light along with House Music. And, by that, belongs to the second generation of actors in that scene. Although givin’ a listen to his already quite consistent repertoire makes you realize it’s way more than that. That ‘that’ bringin’ us to McCabe‘s signature itself. Made of a blend of Soul, Funk and atmospheric vibes over some blowin’ groove where the infectiousness most likely prevails.
Therefore, no wonder why Sean has become a regular on these shores. With his own productions as with his remixes. Thus bringin’ us to welcome many of them as our ‘Single Of The Week’.
McCabe crafted his first production by the age of 17. This under the Southern Divide back in 2003 with the Latinesque ‘Ate O Amanhecer (Until The Dawn)’ in 2003. And even from then you could realize that he had the style. With this eventually gettin’ him to bring 11am‘s ‘Give It Up’ to a stellar dimension soon after for Soulfulric Deep, then to remix ‘Resist’ for Roland Clark on Fluential.
2008 marked the start of what would be a regular collaboration with King Street. This with his remix of Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Run Free’. But also his rework of ‘Take Me’ for Soulstar Syndicate feat. Dawn Tallman. Then how to not think of his revamps of Blaze presents UDAUFL? From ‘Wonderful Place’ featuring Ultra Naté to ‘We Are One’… Or of the blowin’ ‘Pick It Up’ for Carolyn Harding to name but a few.
With his sound establishing itself as a signature if not an evidence from a release to another. Beginning with his firing rework of ‘God Created Woman’ for Teddy Douglas and Margaret Grace (Save Your Soul). But also his retouch of ‘All This Love That I’m Givin’ for Belezamusica back in 2010 (Soul Love). And ‘Race Of Survival’ for Mekkah feat. Stephen Granville for the same label the year after. This in addition to Nova Fronteira‘s cover version of Roy Ayers‘ ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ here again for the Soul Love label in 2012. Eventually bringin’ ‘Passin Thru’ for Poussez VS Demarkus Lewis into another dimension during the same year. But also turnin’ Nathan Adams‘ ‘I Wonder’ into like a Summer breeze in 2013.
Another year on – (2014) – and McCabe delivered his debut-album – ‘It’s Time’ – on Joey Negro‘s Z Records label. An effort featuring goodies such as ‘Tomorrow’s Another Day’ along with Donae’O and ‘Reach Out’ featuring Hannah Khemoh of the HanLei fame. Not to mention the aptly titled ‘Everything’s Alright’ as fronted by Erik Dillard. Or the aerial ‘Who’s Foolin’ You’ along with the late Diane Charlemagne.
Another two years this time – (2016) – and McCabe would launch his own imprint. This by the likes of Good Vibrations Music, opening his account along with Mike City on the vibrant ‘I Know Someone’. Then joinin’ forces with HanLei on ‘How Does It Feel’. But also co-writing with Lem Springsteen (Mood II Swing) the heartfelt ‘New World’ featuring Pete Simpson. And sharing the bill with Mr. V on ‘It Can Be’. Then doin’ the same with Cinnamon Brown on the infectiously syncopating ‘It’s My Life’. And tailoring the soothing ‘I Wonder’ featuring Nathan Adams with additional remix courtesy of Louie Vega.
Hard to not list neither his rework of ‘Time To Rise’ for Thee Gobbs featuring Kabomo on Atjazz Records. Or his contribution to Louie Vega‘s unreleased of lost mixes of his ‘Starring XXVIII’ album. And more precisely the one of a kind ‘Gimme Some Love’ featuring Vikter Duplaix.
More recently, Sean graced us while delicately revisiting Nathan Adams & Sabrina Joy‘s ‘Love Yourself’ on Tribe Records. And he eventually went further way with Lem Springsteen. With the twosome crafting the deep and jazzy ‘Rocket Love’ along with NYC singer Dannis Winston.
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