First Listen! Nina Provencal – Come Over (Bang The Drum Vox) (Makin Moves)
Nina Provencal addressing an irresistible invitation while at the peak of her (he)art on the highly emotional ‘Come Over’. A cut which Bang The Drum resident DJ and producer Jihad Muhammad seems like havin’ literally tailor sized for her in his signature style. Meanwhile blending amtospheric key parts over a (banging) African-influenced rhythm pattern…
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– Nina Provencal comes from a small town in West Yorkshire. A town that has significantly grown in every way since she left back in the 90’s to go to university. But back then, like many small towns, it was stifling for Nina. This was not a bad thing though. In fact, feeling trapped fuelled her imagination which was a defining factor in the development of her career. Through the need to escape Nina (friends call her ‘Provencal or just ‘Prov’) lost herself in putting pen to paper. And so began the journey of an artist where all that really mattered was the freedom to express the things that touched her most.
As a young writer, Nina interpreted very real events into abstract poems or short stories. People often assumed these works were written by someone much older, as her experiences were expressed wisely, eloquently and boldly through the eyes of a child. It wasn’t until much later that she discovered her talent to sing, perfecting delivery and crafting song writing in her teens.
Searching for love, truth, freedom, her soul mate. All those wonderful things we can all relate to. Not to mention big questions like what is our purpose? Is there a higher power? Each song carries a message, the vocal delivery and instrumentation stirring emotion. Songs like ‘Fallen’ and ‘Nobody Here But Us’ have infectious hooks and a simplicity that somehow seems to draw you in. You can hear in the work that Nina has a commitment to producing quality lyrics and music. The proper of a dynamic talent moving through genres with such strength and vulnerability at the same time.
For the last three years Nina Provencal has been collaborating with a number of House producers. With this resulting in an impressive portfolio of tracks on digital release. Going back to a place which brought such joy as a teenager, the House world is showing Nina big love right now. She released her first House track, ‘Breakdown’, in 2013 on Makin’ Moves. Then soon after quickly caught the attention of the South African and USA House movements.
Since then Nina has had a number of successful releases working with some of South African’s finest raw talent. From Deep City Central (‘Come On Back’) to DJ SGZ (‘Trouble’). Eventually finding a strong connection with NYC DJ/producer Jihad Muhammad, successively on ‘Soul Saviour’ then ‘Come Over’ which he re-produced for her.
Nina’s love of music doesn’t stop with House music. Drum & Bass is also a part of her repertoire. Her works with producer outfit Brascoe are edgy, and effortlessly catchy. Nina’s vocal is undoubtedly rooted in Soul, an earlier EP release in her career, ‘The Soulistic EP’ and ‘Good Stuff’ are both available on iTunes.
– A native of Newark, NJ, Jihad Muhammad began exploring his love for music and DJing at the early age of 12. The first traces one can find of him in terms of discography bring us back to 2001. Back then he did a rework of ‘My Heavenly Stars’ for Black Masses on Easy Street. We then would have to wait a couple of extra years though to hear his first production. An instrumental by the likes of ‘Movement Blues’ which saw the light back in 2004 on Blaze Imprints.
Another important date for him would be early 2006 and the launch of his Movement Soul label. A label which he runs with a lot of care. Obviously opting for quality rather than quantity. Just as his own productions or remixes, as a matter of fact. Eventually sharing the duties with Blaze on a revamp of Jephté Guillaume presents AK‘s ‘Shining Your Way’. Or on his own, remixing Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Change The World’ and Tamara Wellons‘s ‘Like Rain’ back in 2008.
2009 saw him launching Bang The Drum. A monthy party that has hosted some of the best DJ’s and artists in the underground Dance Scene. Its purpose being to promote the Global Soul Movement. A movement which Jihad defines as follows… “Soulful music (House, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat). And most likely any music that touches the soul of all people… Of all races.” That to him makes it Global…
Jihad Muhammad‘s signature has most likely established itself as a guarantee of quality. A signature one could define as a trancey blend of Afro, Latin and Jazz vibes with a soulful edge. With gems such as ‘Destiny’ which he remixed for DJ Beloved & Shane or ‘Journey Into My Heart’ for Zandy Shejay & Thandi Draai adding to his reputation. But also ‘Heaven’ for Jersey Soul presents Walter Christopher. Not to mention ‘Live Your Life Your Way’ along with Earthman Experience. Or the stellar ‘Illusions’. The whole in addition to his rework of ‘Come Over’ for Nina Provencal. And, last but not least, the mesmerizing ‘Butterfly’ for Vangela Crowe.
2018 seeing him reachin’ new peaks. Eventually joinin’ forces with Carissa Nicole. This on an outstanding reconstruction of Ta-Ku featuring Alina Baraz‘ original ‘Down For You’…