Tennerz: Mood II Swing & Carol Sylvan – Closer (Antonello Ferrari & Aldo Bergamasco Main Mix) (King Street)
Hard to believe some 23 years have gone since the release of the original version of ‘Closer’. A boiling gem which heavily contributed to the reputation of the then up and coming Mood II Swing production pair. And in the meantime, the one of songstress Carol Sylvan. Even though it remains quite surprising to have not seen her releasing more things. This when havin’ a deeper look at her discography.
Back to ‘Closer’, it definitely stands as a staple in the mid-90’s NYC House scene. It is to say how remixing it, like all the cuts in this caliber, was much of a challenge. A situation that Italian twosome Antonello Ferrari and Aldo Bergamosco have perfectly turned to their advantage. Bringing this classic into a new exciting perspective. And in the meantime assorting it with arrangements sounding like a landmark for them. Just the way Mood II Swing did it at the time, as a matter of fact.
Hard to resist to the instant appeal of this bouncing dubbed funktified groove. Don’t you think?
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One of the most recognizable voices hailing from the Big Apple, Carol Sylvan remains quite of an enigma. At the early age of 8, she was belting out stirring Gospel-tinged hymns in front of an appreciative congregation at her church. While still at school, she sung at elegant tea parties held at the home of Jazz icon Count Basie. With performing credentials that belied her years, she knew what she was meant to do and set about sealing her destiny.
After a lengthy stint singing as a soloist in her church choir, Carol Sylvan decided to study voice seriously. She was sponsored by the Pied Piper Foundation which supported prodigious musical talents. The association with the philanthropic institution led to her first major performance before an enthusiastic crowd of Funk fans. Opening for the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Carol was barely 16 years old. But she already she knew how to command an audience with her sublime vocal stylings.
In her quest to be an all-round entertainer, she also took acting classes under the tutelage of Lou Myers. Her hard work and dedication paid off. This when she became the recipient of the Ed Sullivan Talent of the Year Award. With the latter further fueling her dream to sing professionally. With a versatile, four octave range, Sylvan nursed ambitions of being an opera singer. She attended the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. There, she majored in voice and later participated in the Julliard Preparatory program.
She never realized her dream of being a professional opera singer though. But she instead found herself in demand as a vocalist for artists looking for talented session singers. This bringing her to work with luminaries such as Melba Moore, James Ingram or Candi Staton. But also Danny Tengalia, Byron Stingily and Mood II Swing. Not to mention Louie Vega, Lenny Fontana or Kerri Chandler. Meanwhile, she also contributed lyrics to Fatback‘s albums ‘Gigolo’ and ‘Tasty Jam’ back in 1981.
As a matter of fact, she released her debut-single – ‘Think’ – back in 1982 on the Sound Of New York label. But she appearently remained away from the radar during the 12 following years. Coming back to light along with Mood II Swing on the memorable ‘Closer’. Then the year after with Danny Tenaglia on ‘Look Ahead’.
– Antonello Ferrari has been around for quite some time already. Hailing from Turin, Italy, he started DJing back in 1978. Then he got into production 12 years later. This while working with labels such as D-Vision, UMM and Undiscovered UK.
Hailing from the same city although now residing in Moncalieri, Aldo Bergamosco has a 20 year experience in music. In other words, in production, composition and sound engineering. He started his business in 1994 when he founded his own recording studio, Theatre Studio. A place where several artists have come to record some material. From Gigi D’Agostino to Cico Cicognani (the bass guitarist of Laura Pausini) among others.
The twosome started putting out music together back in 2015. Eventually collaborating with singers such as Marc Evans or Michael Procter. But also Donna Hidalgo and Michelle Weeks to name a few.