Single Of The Week: Tony Momrelle – Love Me Again (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) (Reel People Music)
Like it or not, reducing any kind of music – any genre – to a certain formula would be like preventing it from evolving. And therefore, turning it into some dead language. An eternal debate which has turned itself into regular disputes between the conservatives and the progressists. From Soul to Jazz and the likes. Not to mention acoustic and computerized music.
No need saying as to how the latter has always been a nonsense to us here on IDMW. The exact way it has appeared to Mel Cheren, Frankie Crocker or Larry Levan. As many people who considered that Disco was an upbeat version of R&B back at the time. And one could say the exact same about House Music a few years later. With thanks to the experimentations of cats such as Paul Simpson, Boyd Jarvis, Tony Humphries or Frankie Knuckles among others…
To that extend, one might see ‘Love Me Again’ as an invitation to love Soul Music, even though it’s on a different vibe / level. ‘Love Me Again’, or I’ve changed but it’s still me. Unless in the opposite order… It’s still me although I’ve changed! And the fact is whenever listening to ‘Love Me Again’, it’s still Soul Music, although given a modern dance feel. Even though I’d rather say a… Galactic feel. “Galactic” standing for that deep and stellar signature which DJ Spinna has established along with time.
Speaking of the result, Tony says: “‘Love Me Again’ is a great hark back to those Soul classics of the sixties. The Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett and Sam Cooke era… The records from that decade have an infectious, feel-good factor. And when you mix that with contemporary R&B sounds and lyrics, the result is a song you can’t get out of your head.” Something one definitely gets here. Be you listening to the laidback radio edit featuring Toni Economides and vet musican Ernie McKone among others. Or to DJ Spinna‘s outstanding rework.
I gotta say I wouldn’t have come up with better words to describe the feeling. I should seriously consider inviting him to join and write reviews on these shores, don’t you think?
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Thank God for the friend who, nearly 20 years ago, persuaded a young Tony Momrelle to visit the Olympic Studios in Barnes, South London and contribute a few backing vocals. Momrelle was 18 and well on his way with a Youth Training Scheme in the car industry. Music being something of a sideline…
Momrelle picks the story up. “I was looking at a career in marketing. I had been messing around in a Hip-Hop band. And a few people knew I could sing. I wasn’t convinced though about travelling across London for a random job I knew nothing about. Of course I did go down to Barnes and there was Gloria Estefan in the studio waiting for me.”
They call that a baptism of fire. As a professional singer, Momrelle was straight in at the deep end. But Estefan liked what she heard and soon there were other lucrative offers of session work. “I got the pay cheque for my work with Gloria and I was blown away. Then I realised that maybe I could make a serious go of singing. I was still aware of the risk but, for me, it was worth taking. I’ve never looked back.”
Tony is another of those effortlessly talented artists with a family upbringing stepped in music and entertainment. He started studying music from the age of just 8 and would embrace Gospel through regular church attendance. At 13, he’d switch to “part-time” rapping with a local Hip-Hop group five years before fatefully meeting Estefan.
Since then he’s been touring with the biggest and best. His association with Estefan has been rather impressively followed by work for Whitney Houston, Sir Elton John, Take That and most recently Sade.
Let’s not forget neither Momrelle‘s long and fruitful association with bastion of live soulful groove, Incognito. His consistently tip-top vocals on the road impressed the band’s main man Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick to the extend of offering him a spot. Not only on the band’s 2002 album ‘Life Stranger Than Fiction’. But also on their their relentless international tour dates.
“I was very fortunate to land with Incognito. It was all word of mouth. I would have started touring with them even earlier than I did but there were issues with my visa. Bluey remembered me though and brought me in. It was amazing to be recognised in that way.”
As if it wasn’t enough, Momrelle also managed to find the time to record with Gospel group Seven. Eventually takin’ the lead on the 2007 album ‘Message In The Music’ by the likes of Austrian band LBB (Lungau Big Band).
Touring the world for Sade, supporting Incognito. But also driving momentum for Reel People, fronting the band everywhere, from Europe to Japan… No wonder how 15 years have gone from the release of his first album – ‘Freetime’ – back in 1998 on Art & Soul and its follow-up – ‘Message In The Music’ – on P-Vine via Reel People Music, 15 years later.
Tony Momrelle is a pretty good example as to how artist development remains possible in the underground sphere. A compulsory process speakin’ of which Oli Lazarus & Co. have widely shown their savoir faire at Reel People Music, one release after another…
As a result, Tony Momrelle‘s ‘affair’ with Reel People Music stands as an already impressive collection of absolute must haves. From ‘Amazing’ along with Reel People and Imaani back in 2008 to the ever shining ‘Love Is Where You Are’. But also the jazzy Latinesque ‘Time’ with The Realm which Frankie Feliciano remixed a couple of years after. And how about the Stevie Wonder-ish ‘Golden Lady’ with remix courtesy of Louie Vega? Then the infectious ‘Pick Me Up’ again with Reel People. And we could also add ‘This Could Be Us’ as remixed by The Layabouts. Not to mention the classy ‘All The Things You Are’ which Louie Vega happened to remix as well. Then more recently DJ Spinna‘s Galactic Soul Remix of ‘Love Me Again’ to name just a few…