Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Miles Jaye – Heaven (Celestial Club Mix)

Lost but not least! Miles Jaye – Heaven (Celestial Club Mix) (Island)

I guess I’ll never say enough how I never understood how so many R&B fans had such a negative opinion about House Music. And even more when in front of bridges between the two genres. Such as being the case regarding Miles Jaye‘s ‘Heaven’. With remixing work by the likes of David Morales and Frankie Knuckles

It’s not House Music that we have here. But it’s not neither that formatted R&B we have from a period to another. It’s just another way to consider it. Just the way Tony Humphries did it for instance on The O’Jays‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Or Frankie Knuckles on David Peaston‘s ‘We’re All In This Together’. And with a singer in the caliber of Miles Jaye, we’re brought straight to ‘Heaven’, aren’t we?

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– Yonkers, NY native Miles Jaye studied for more than 10 years classical violin and music theory. Eventually playing flute and bass while serving at the US Air Force. He eventually collaborated as a live musician for luminaries such as Eric Gale, John Lucien and Phyllis Hyman. Then he joined Village People for a couple of years, prior to make his solo debut in the second half of the 80’s.
Although the 1987 released ‘Let’s Start Love Over’ remains his biggest success, he’s also responsible for the ultra vibrant ‘Heaven’. A cut given a one of a kind remix by David Morales and the late Frankie Knuckles bringing R&B to some other dimension. One of their best reworks ever, it stands among our all time favs here on IDMW!

Miles Jaye has released a total of 5 albums with his latest – ‘Humanity’ – back in 2002 on Black Tree Records.

– A quick typing – ‘David Morales’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – Frankie Knuckles. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.

A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry, David Morales grew up during Dance Music’s most influential era. Thus, unsurprisingly frequenting its legendary clubs such as The Loft and The Paradise Garage.

As a result, it wasn’t long before he started his own nightclub – the Ozone Layer – in Brooklyn, by the beginning of the 80’s. His residency which lasted until 1986 eventually leading him to spin at The Paradise Garage in 1983. The 80’s seeing him DJing later at Newark, NJ’s famous The Zanzibar. With the latter standing as the craddle of the famous Jersey Sound also known as Garage. But also joining forces with Frankie Knuckles and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.

All in all, on his own or along with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales has remixed and produced over 500 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on ‘Mine To Give’ by the likes of British Junglist Photek along with Robert Owens. But also working along Brit-Soul / Acid Jazz activists. From James Taylor Quartet feat. Noel McCoy‘s ‘I Love The Life’. To the Brand New Heavies‘Never Stop’, Loose Ends‘Love’s Got Me’ and Imagination‘s ‘Instinctual’. Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘8.3.1.’. And how to not think of Alison Limerick‘s ‘Where Love Lives’ or Incognito‘s ‘Always There’ among others?!?

Of course, David Morales made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’, ‘Finally’ and ‘My Piece Of Heaven’, respectively for Robert Owens, CeCe Peniston and Ten City. This in addition to Ce Ce Rogers‘ ‘All Join Hands’, Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” and Richard Rogers‘Can’t Stop Loving You’. If not Doug Lazy‘s ‘H.O.U.S.E.’.

But, just like Frankie Knuckles, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Mariah Carey (‘Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)’) with whom he established a long term working relationship. But also Luther Vandross (‘The Rush’) and Alexander O’Neal (‘What Is This Thing Called Love’). This in addition to Miles Jaye (‘Heaven’) and Whitney Houston (‘Love Will Save The Day’).

Meanwhile, under his own banner, Morales also made quite an impression. Beginning with his debut-album and single of the likes – ‘The Program’ – as David Morales & The Bad Yard Club back in 1993. But also ‘Needin’ U’ as The Face, five years later. And how to not remember ‘Golden Era’ along with Róisín Murphy? A cut which stood among the essential tracks of the year 2012… Or, more recently, ‘Lovin” as The Face feat. Kym Mazelle. And ‘There Must Be Love’ as fronted by Janice Robinson. This with remix courtesy of Nigel Lowis, which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then…

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