Sun. Dec. 05, 2021

Sted-E feat. Byron Stingily – Candy Rain

Single Of The Week: Sted-E, Hybrid Heights & David Shaw feat. Byron Stingily – Candy Rain (DJ Spen & David Anthony DA Vibes Remix) (Quantize Recordings)

Sted-E and Hybrid Heights joining forces with David Shaw on ‘Candy Rain’. Most likely creating what pretty much seems another vault in perspective for Quantize Recordings…

With no connection with Soul For Real‘s 1994 #1 R&B hit of the likes, here we have a definitive soulful House masterpiece. With falsettto singer Byron Stingily at the top of his art. Therefore bringin’ us back to the souvenir of his glorious days with Ten City.

The ‘Candy Rain’ original mix displays an undeniable feeling of timeless classy music. With label head DJ Spen and David Anthony bringing it to the next level. Expanding its overall feeling with soothin’ synth parts over an infectious blowing bassline. A track due to find a mention in our 10 essential 2017 tracks.
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“United we stand”, says the French proverb which also happens to be Belgium and Haiti’s motto. And God knows how this amalgamation of talents does it here. From Sted-E and Hybrid Heights whom you might remember of for the recent ‘Believe’ which they produced for Crystal Waters. To David Shaw who, apart from his activities as a record exec for Warner and Columbia, has delivered remixes for countless artists. Beginning with the ultra sought after ‘Come Back Lover’ for Fresh Band back in 1984. But also ‘One Million Kisses’ for Rufus & Chaka Khan (with Winston Jones) 5 years later. Not to mention Paul Simpson feat. Terri Jeffries ‘Everybody’s A Star’. Meanwhile, he would also produce the memorable ‘One Man’ for Chanelle along with Blaze. Eventually launching his own label – Kontinuous Music – back in 2013.

Completing the list, Byron Stingily needs no introduction. Responsible for countless top notched vocal performances. Be it as the lead singer of Ten City with gems such as ‘Devotion’, ‘Right Back To You’ or ‘My Piece Of Heaven’ to name of you. As on his own with ‘Get Up’, ‘Testify’ or more recently ‘Love Is The Answer’ with Bob Sinclar and Dimitri from Paris.

– From the early 90’s David Anthony has been knee deep into the US sound. First picking up with the vibe of Detroit his real love coming from the soulful sound of New York. Spear headed by the legendary Tony Humphries.

David teamed up with Anthony Baugh to start Vice Versa. A label which went on to be one of the UK’s leading underground Dance imprints of its times. He soon found his music was being played and aired on major radio stations and night clubs. Using the alias’s Device and Devibes, they produced over 35 releases having much success.
Starting to branch out licensing deals began to flow. Azuli Records picked up Michael Watford‘s ‘Coming Home’ along with Fayleine Brown‘s ‘You Know I Missed you’ and ‘Joy’. Licensing also followed with StrongHouse, Freetown Records and Public Demand.

Through the success of Vice Versa Records they quickly moved into the remix arena working for the majors (SDA was launched as another production name). These included Polydor, Universal and Ministry of Sound.

Early 2001 David launched HiLife Records which was a reflection of the market change from vinyl to MP3. He worked with Kathy Brown, Lisa Millett and Aleyshia Lei. And he also did remixes for Code Red, Universe Media and Liquid Deep. Eventually reworking Sted-E, Hybrid Heights & David Shaw feat. Byron Stingily‘s ‘Candy Rain’ along with DJ Spen. But also Jasper Street Company‘s ‘Wanna Be Happy’ with the latter among others.

Time has gone since with 2016 seeing Anthony releasing the aptly titled ‘Emotive’ long player on Quantize Recordings. An album where he collaborated with an impressive line-up of artists such as Sheree Hicks, Lisa Millett, and Byron Stingily. And also Rescue Poetix, Tasha LaRae (‘Live To Love’) and Beverlei Brown among others. The latter contributing to ‘I Don’t Know Why’ then ‘I’m Free’ a few months later. With both of them receiving the remixing treatment courtesy of Manoo.

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