First Listen: Oscar P & Marcus Pearson – Violet (Infected Soul Remix) (Open Bar Music)
‘Violet’ goin’ for a brand new life 7 years after it initially saw the light on Perception Records. With South African producer Infected Soul bringin’ it to a new dimension. And what a blast! The latter givin’ it an intoxicating flavor. Hard to resist to the deepness of its subtle and complex arrangements. And hard too not to find a connection with Culoe De Song‘s (re)constructions. With the first example comin’ to mind bein’ the memorable ‘Yini Ngawe’ featuring Shota…
This reworked ‘Violet’ has the smelling of a masterpiece…
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– From the U.K., Marcus Pearson started DJing in local clubs such as The Cross, Leisure Lounge and Escape in the early 90’s. Together with fellow producer Damon Goss in 2003, he gave birth to Retrostate, eventually turning himself into a singer. The twosome releasing 3 singles on Fat Fox Records.
Working on various projects here or there, he would reach the next level back in 2012. Delivering his debut-album – ‘My Life’ on Open Bar Music, meanwhile settin’ up what would become a fruitful collaboration with label head Oscar P. A collaboration he’d started 2 years before as a matter of fact with the release of ‘Violet’ on Perception Music.
– Raised in Williamsburg, B’klyn, Oscar Poche has crafted a unique sound, blending Afro-Latino and Deep House influences from NYC, Chicago, and Detroit. “Brooklyn is where I discovered myself through music, with thanks to older cats for guiding me back then. I didn’t try DJing or producing right away. I was a record collector first, and a dancer making my way trying to fit in.”
Oscar P runs two of the most respected underground House labels, Kolour Recordings and Open Bar Music. As a producer, he’s appeared on labels like Strictly Rhythm, Tool Room, Ultra and Sony Music. Meanwhile his name is associated to the ones of
Mark Farina, Jamiroquai, Omar and Todd Terry among others in terms of remixes.
He was named the #8 best selling house Music artist of the year on Traxsource back in 2012. Two years later, he sat on the Best Selling Deep Afro House Artists list at #23 alongside Black Coffee, Osunlade, and Atjazz. Then he landed at number thirteen in 2015.
Relocated from New York to San Diego, CA, Oscar is tackling the West Coast with fresh perspective. He is currently co-organizing West Coast Weekender. A a three-day music conference that celebrates regional House Music and Drum & Bass and provides a new boost for the San Diego music scene. (source: Residentadvisor)
– Hailing from Durban, South Africa, DJ/producer Mpilwenhle Cele aka Infected Souls is no new comer. As a matter of fact, one can find traces of him as a member of Infected Projects. An act which he put together back in 2007 with Nombela RBT. Feeling the need to step further, he decided to go on his own. Nurturing his passion and love for House Music while teaching himself producing techniques by trial and error.
The fact he attended Damelin and Creative Arts College for his sound engineering has been much of a help. Quite into Afro-Deep at the time, he would evolve while fusing the indegenous elements of African music. Admitting influences from the likes of Osunlade, Black Coffee and Culoe De Song among others.
His breakthrough into the local Dance scene came after the Iklwa Brothers spotted his talent and hard work…
Within this short career, he has nevertheless worked with an impressive array of local and international artists. From Lemon N Herb to Da Capo, Zano and Infinite Boys to name a few.
2017 looks to mark a new era in the progression of Infected Soul. This, with the launch of his own label, Infected Muse.
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