First Listen: Tracebeatz & Bob feat. Darian Crouse – Won’t Be The One (Earl Tutu & John Khan Remix) (Quantize Recordings)
In the vein of themes such as New York City‘s ‘I’m Doing Fine Now (without your love)’… Singer Darian Crouse delivering a hearfelt performance of the bittersweet ‘Won’t Be The One’. Itself most likely standing as the next step after the end of a love affair. Beautifully served productionwise by South African brothers Kagiso and Thabang Makwana aka Tracebeatz & Bob. And reworked in absolute fine style by UK mates Earl Tutu and John Khan.
Another jewel to be added to the ever growing collection of DJ Spen‘s Quantize Recordings label…
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– Tracebeatz & Bob is a South African music duo from a small township called Monsterlus in the Limpopo province. The Twosome consists of brothers Kagiso and Thabang Makwana who jumped into production back in 2012 after they got a music production software. And since then, they’ve never looked back…
The first traces of them as such bring us back to 2014 as a matter of fact. This with the release of their ‘Walk Away EP’ debut and its title cut featuring Dezz on piano. Itself comin’ after they produced and remixed Swan The Don’s ‘Why You Be Hating On Me’ EP.
From then on, they started getting some attention abroad. Beginning with the one of HSR Record label head Gigi Frassinato. With the latter getting them to remix Soulbridge feat. Zoubida Mebarki‘s ‘My Love’. Then later on, they found their way to Vibe Boutique Records, remixing ‘Together’ for Distant People feat. Ras Vadah. Then making their debut on DJ Spen‘s Quantize Recordings with ‘Won’t Be The One’ feat. Darian Crouse.
No need stating how this happened to be a dream come true for Tracebeatz & Bob who strenghtened their fan base. With thanks to Tim White (House Afrika) and Vinny Da Vinci for their precious support in their homeland. But also to all of those who they’d already worked with. The Vibe Boutique label getting them to revisit another cut by the likes of Distant People. This by the likes of ‘Get Away’ featuring Mpho. With the second half of 2016 seeing them releasing ‘Let It Flow’ featuring Carolyn Harding on HSR. Then, soon after ‘We Won’t Forget Them’ featuring Mar-Ques on Q-Phonic.
‘Where Did I Go Wrong’ which saw the light in 2017 completing Tracebeatz‘s repertoire as off now…
– Although relatively new as a production pair, both John Khan and Earl Tutu are no new comers…
Khan eventually started producing back in 1992. Responsible for ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ featuring the vocal talents of Karen Minnott.
Growing up and DJing alongside Unique 3, a collective from Bradford, he came to meet Chris Dawkins (Earl Tutu) back in the day. John kept on producing for a while before taking a break from the scene for a few years. Studying the artform of mixing and mastering during that time, he decided to resurface along with long time friend Dawkins.
“I started playing guitar at my father’s Baptist Church in West Yorkshire at the the age of 15 in 1976”, explains Earl Tutu. “Within 2 years, during the summer of 1978 myself and some other young members of the church formed a band called Freedom. During this time, EMI reps from London came to the church to hear the band. They had been made aware of us via Gospel Concerts we had performed at. My father, Pastor Dawkins and Brother King an elder at the church turned the reps from EMI away, saying the children would not be playing the devils music!
As you can guess, I hid my passion for playing guitar from my father, sneaking out of the house to play gigs and record.
Coming home from a gig one night I was welcomed by the sight of my belongings in black bin bags – I had been found out! 2013 brought me back to the good old days collaborating once again with life long friend and fellow artist John Khan with some fresh ideas… Soulful House style with some interesting releases in the pipeline…”
And the fact is Tutu and Khan have established themselves among the most in-demand producers. Thus standing on an impressive pile of killer gems. Either under their own guise as for other artists. The first traces of them bringin’ us back to 2013 and the release of the aptly titled ‘The Dreams Come True’ which they reworked for JoioDJ & Chanelle on Dejavoo Records.
From then on, one could see their names circulating with new releases at least once a month. This bringin’ them to collaborate with countless luminaries. From Darryl D’Bonneau and Cinnamon Brown on the stellar ‘House Of Love’ (Purple Music). To Tracy Hamlin on ‘Emotion’ for Expansion House. But also Sheila Ford on the jazzy ‘Share’ (Quantize Recordings). Not to mention Tracebeatz (‘Won’t Be The One’), Tasha LaRae (‘Find My Way’) and Michelle Weeks (‘So Incredible’) both on Spen‘s label. Meanwhile they would soon after retouch Kimara Lovelace‘s ‘When Can Our Love Begin’ with the latter. This in addition to Kathy Brown‘s firing ‘Things You Do’ and/or SuSu Bobien‘s ‘Help Is On The Way’. Then, more recently The L.O.V.E. Project‘s ‘I’m In Love’.
They eventually opened their own account on Booker T‘s Liquid Deep label back in 2016. Sharing the bill with Mike City successively on ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ then ‘Lately We’. Meanwhile, they joined forces twice as well with Asia Yarwood. This with ‘New Faith’ and ‘Lies’ on Quantize Recordings.
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