Tennerz: Pray For More & Steven Powell – Timing Is Everything (Eric Kupper Remix) (Mjuzieek Digital)
From the very first notes of ‘Timing Is Everything’, you get to realize and feel… On Austrian label Mjuzieek Digital… This outstanding gem sees manager, DJ/producer Roland Bartha joinin’ forces with singer Steven Powell. With the latter reachin’ the upper heights vocally speaking. This in a recreated Eric Kupper floating phonky laidback synth House led environment. The whole comin’ up with lush keys. Somehow reminding of Marc Kinchen as a matter of fact. And most definitely adding to the vibrancy of Powell‘s performance at the end.
A quick look at the credits of Eric Kupper on his Discogs page gives a significant view of his contribution in the maturation of contemporary music. Meanwhile explaining the regular mentions of him on these shores.
A songwriter, arranger, musician, producer and DJ, he came to reccognition by the second half of the 80’s. Playing keyboards along with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles and eventually becoming a member of the Def Mix crew. His name is associated with some of the biggest classics in the history of House Music. From Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie featuring Robert Owens‘ ‘Tears’ which he co-produced. To Satoshi Tomiie featuring Arnold Jarvis‘s ‘And I Loved You’. But also L.A. Mix‘s ‘Love Together’. Then Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’. Not to mention Robert Owens‘ ‘Visions’, Ce Ce Peniston‘s ‘Finally’ and Alexander O’ Neal‘s ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ to name a few…
Although he came to leave Def Mix to focus on his own activities and launch his label (Hysteria) in the mid-90’s, he always maintained contact with Knuckles. Eventually setting up the famous Director’s Cut Mix signature with him in the years after. And also contributing to his famous classic ‘The Whistle Song’. Meanwhile, one could also remember the vibrant ‘Missing You’ by Artful & Ridney featuring Terri Walker. A track which he was supposed to remix with Knuckles and finally reworked on his own as a tribute to him.
Kupper has released 3 albums under the Eric Kupper presents K-Scope guise. Remember ‘Latin Blues Pt. 1”??? Meanwhile the most recent, ‘Electrikiss’, saw the light in January 2009 after a ten year hiatus. He also came to reform C+C Music Factory with Robert Clivillés back in 2010. The twosome releasing ‘Music 4 The Soul’ four years after, then ‘Set Me Free’ featuring Kimberly Davis in 2017.