Single Of The Week: Louie Vega & Vikter Duplaix – Gimme Some Love
One of the highlights of Louie Vega‘s ‘Starring XXVIII’ album, ‘Gimme Some Love’ is brought to a new life with remixing work courtesy of Sean McCabe. Meanwhile, it gives us the opportunity to enjoy the presence of Vikter Duplaix. An artist whose relatively rare appearances are inversely proportional to his undeniable talent, as you may realize by yourself. If you have not already done so…
“Gimme some love…” Kinda hard to resist to such an invitation at the end. Beginning with its appealing lyrics. Not to mention its silky interpretation, makin’ of Vikter Duplaix a singer like no other. All in all creating a unique climate which Sean McCabe perfectly enhances on its remixing work.
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– To many of us, the first name comin’ to mind when thinkin’ of Philadelphia would probably be the one of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff‘s Philadelphia International Records. But the capital of Pennsylvania happened to have much more on offer. Meanwhile displaying the versatility of its local scene and its obvious penchant for experimentations. From Hip-Hop with DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Roots. To Electronic House with Josh Wink. Not to mention King Britt or Vikter Duplaix whp pushed the limits of Soul Music with a deliberately modern approach. Meanwhile flirting with Neo Soul, Nu Jazz, Electronica or Broken Beat.
A Singer, a songwriter, a musician, a producer and a DJ, Vikter Duplaix started stuying music and singing in choirs at an early age. Eventually mentored by none other than Kenny Gamble himself, he came to tour with luminaries such as Teddy Pendergrass and Luciano Pavarotti.
Taking work programming drum tracks while working at a recording studio, Duplaix set up Axis Music Group, a production unit, along with James Pyser. As a producer, he has collaborated with countless artists. From Erykah Badu to Musiq Soulchild, Jazzanova and Esthero. Not to mention Jamiroquai and Louie Vega to name a few.
He started as a featured singer. The first time I heard of him bringing me back to the absyssal ‘Swell’ by the likes of Scuba back in 1998. Contributing to Critical Point‘s ‘Messages’ the year after on MAW Records. Then to Karma‘s memorable ‘High Priestess’ and Needs’ ‘So Many Things’.
He switched to the upper gear in 2002 with the release of ‘Internal Affairs vol. 1.0″. His debut-album featuring gems such as ‘Morena’ and ‘Lust For Life’. Its follw-up – ‘Bold And Beautiful’ – confirming his obvious talent as both a lyricist, a performer and a producer. With absolute jewels such as the vibrant ‘In The Middle Of You’ and ‘Make A Baby’ which got a nomination at the Grammy Awards in 2008.
Strangely enough, these would be his only 2 albums to date. This in addition to ‘Singles (Prelude To The Future)’, a compilation on Studio K7! back in 2004. Meanwhile he guested on the famous J Kicks CD Mix series 2 years before. He eventually jammed along with Masters At Work on the boiling ‘Reality’. A track on the Miami 2005 MAW Records sampler. Then he delivered ‘Treefingers’ on Rapster the year after in addition to his ‘Stimulation EP’ for BBE. Not to mention ‘The Real World’ that saw him collaborating once again with Masters At Work. Meanwhile, he came to share the duties with Clara Hill on the groovy ‘Paper Chase’.
2009 saw him releasing the essential ‘Electric Love’. A cut which, strangely enough, he made available as a free download from his website. Then, 3 years after, he resurfaced with Boddhi Satva on the smooth and delicate ‘From An Other World’. Closer to us, back in 2014, he landed his unique voice on Cuebur‘s deep and syncopated ‘I See You’. Meanwhile, he found a seat among the luminaries Louie Vega gathered on his ‘Starring XXVIII’ album. Delivering the soothing ‘Gimme Some Love’. A cut which recently resurfaced with remixes courtesy of Sean McCabe.
– 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.