Single Of The Week: Soulstar Syndicate feat. Dawn Tallman – Take Me (Sean McCabe Main Vocal Mix) (King Street)
‘Take Me’ or should I rather say take it! One of the jewels from ‘Divas On King Street 4’. A compilation that has recently seen the light on NYC gold mine label King Street. Dawn Tallman doin’ her thing like no one else does on the highly soulful ‘Take Me’. This with production work courtesy of Swiss pair Akri Jr. and Claudio Di Carlo, better known as Soulstar Syndicate.
‘Take Me’, Tallman sings. With Sean McCabe so to say doin’ so. Thus givin’ this gem a boost in a familiar way while replaying the chord hook of a famous classic (let’s see if you’ve got it). The whole comin’ up over a rumblin’ rhythm pattern. With the being most likely a part of his trademark…
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– Born and raised in Danbury, CT, Dawn Tallman began singing in the house of God from childhood. Something one can definitely feel in her impressive repertoire. Dawn clearly belongs to the first league of singers such as Mary J Blige, Oleta Adams or Mica Paris. Her ear for harmonies and her perfect sense for the placement of backgrounds & adlibs make her a producers’ dream and an audience’s delight. Therefore, no wonder why she’s been collaborating with the producers’ who’s who since the mid 90’s.
An ambassador of Gospel, she has brouhgt her (he)art to some of the most significant projects in the history of House Music. From the memorable Voices‘ ‘Can U See The Light’ together with Michelle Weeks and the late Sabrynaah Pope. To Club Artists United‘s ‘Sweet Chariot’ along with Eddie Stockley, Jazmina, Carolyn Harding, Gerideau, Kenny Bobien and Su Su Bobien. Not to mention UDAUFL… A collective of artists which Blaze put together with the aim to raise funds to fight against AIDS back in 2003.
In 2006, she teamed up with DJ Disciple, delivering ‘Work It Out’ which became a hit. She would follow soon after with ‘Save A Place On The Dancefloor For Me’. A cut which West End CEO Mel Cheren wrote a few months before his death.
One might more recently remember her for ‘Feel The Vibe’. A track which got her back to the top of the charts back in 2015 with French producer Bob Sinclar. That same year seeing her collaborating with Wipe The Needle on ‘Release’. But also with Gianni Junior on the firing ‘Why?’ with remix courtesy of DJ Spen and Gary Hudgins. The same who remixed ‘Believe In Love’ which she also released on Quantize. Meanwhile Tyrone Francis reworked ‘Burning Up’ for her.
2016 getting her to release ‘I’m Not Afraid’ with remix courtesy of Louie Vega on Josh Milan‘s Honeycomb Music label. But also to join forces with Soulstar Syndicate on ‘Take Me’ as reworked by Sean McCabe, among others…
– Sean McCabe lives in a city – Bristol – where the sound has always had a meaning. Whatever the genre may be at the end. And God knows how the man has set up a clear identity wherever he might have put his hands.
Born in 1985, McCabe saw the light along with House Music. And, by that, belongs to the second generation of actors in that scene. Although givin’ a listen to his already quite consistent repertoire makes you realize it’s way more than that. That ‘that’ bringin’ us to McCabe‘s signature itself. Made of a blend of Soul, Funk and atmospheric vibes over some blowin’ groove where the infectiousness most likely prevails.
Therefore, no wonder why Sean has become a regular on these shores. With his own productions as with his remixes. Thus bringin’ us to welcome many of them as our ‘Single Of The Week’.
McCabe crafted his first production by the age of 17. This under the Southern Divide back in 2003 with the Latinesque ‘Ate O Amanhecer (Until The Dawn)’ in 2003. And even from then you could realize that he had the style. With this eventually gettin’ him to bring 11am‘s ‘Give It Up’ to a stellar dimension soon after for Soulfulric Deep, then to remix ‘Resist’ for Roland Clark on Fluential.
2008 marked the start of what would be a regular collaboration with King Street. This with his remix of Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Run Free’. But also his rework of ‘Take Me’ for Soulstar Syndicate feat. Dawn Tallman. Then how to not think of his revamps of Blaze presents UDAUFL? From ‘Wonderful Place’ featuring Ultra Naté to ‘We Are One’… Or of the blowin’ ‘Pick It Up’ for Carolyn Harding to name but a few.
With his sound establishing itself as a signature if not an evidence from a release to another. Beginning with his firing rework of ‘God Created Woman’ for Teddy Douglas and Margaret Grace (Save Your Soul). But also his retouch of ‘All This Love That I’m Givin’ for Belezamusica back in 2010 (Soul Love). And ‘Race Of Survival’ for Mekkah feat. Stephen Granville for the same label the year after. This in addition to Nova Fronteira‘s cover version of Roy Ayers‘ ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ here again for the Soul Love label in 2012. Eventually bringin’ ‘Passin Thru’ for Poussez VS Demarkus Lewis into another dimension during the same year. But also turnin’ Nathan Adams‘ ‘I Wonder’ into like a Summer breeze in 2013.
Another year on – (2014) – and McCabe delivered his debut-album – ‘It’s Time’ – on Joey Negro‘s Z Records label. An effort featuring goodies such as ‘Tomorrow’s Another Day’ along with Donae’O and ‘Reach Out’ featuring Hannah Khemoh of the HanLei fame. Not to mention the aptly titled ‘Everything’s Alright’ as fronted by Erik Dillard. Or the aerial ‘Who’s Foolin’ You’ along with the late Diane Charlemagne.
Another two years this time – (2016) – and McCabe would launch his own imprint. This by the likes of Good Vibrations Music, opening his account along with Mike City on the vibrant ‘I Know Someone’. Then joinin’ forces with HanLei on ‘How Does It Feel’. But also co-writing with Lem Springsteen (Mood II Swing) the heartfelt ‘New World’ featuring Pete Simpson. And sharing the bill with Mr. V on ‘It Can Be’. Then doin’ the same with Cinnamon Brown on the infectiously syncopating ‘It’s My Life’. And tailoring the soothing ‘I Wonder’ featuring Nathan Adams with additional remix courtesy of Louie Vega.
Hard to not list neither his rework of ‘Time To Rise’ for Thee Gobbs featuring Kabomo on Atjazz Records. Or his contribution to Louie Vega‘s unreleased of lost mixes of his ‘Starring XXVIII’ album. And more precisely the one of a kind ‘Gimme Some Love’ featuring Vikter Duplaix.
More recently, Sean graced us while delicately revisiting Nathan Adams & Sabrina Joy‘s ‘Love Yourself’ on Tribe Records. And he eventually went further way with Lem Springsteen. With the twosome crafting the deep and jazzy ‘Rocket Love’ along with NYC singer Dannis Winston.