“One of my favourite tracks of the year. Big support on this!” 10/10 Sean McCabe (GB)
“HEAT RIGHT THERE!!!!” 10/10 Vinny Da Vinci | Urban Beat (SA)
“amazing work right here, woke me right up getting my ears around this ep… all four are working for me… different gravy ;)))” 10/10 DJ Caspa | Rinse FM (GB)
“love this release!” 10/10 Moodymanc (GB)
“I love it ! Thanks” 10/10 Nacho Marco | Loudeast (ES)
“Really dig’n this, bouncey, smart and soulful…nice! Thanks.” 10/10 Brett Johnson (US)
“Opolopo never dissapoints! Love Be Enough (Original) and Feel it most of all! Big up!” 9/10 Lay-Far (RU)
“Wicked!!!” 9/10 Master Kev (US)
“S’that fiya! I would expect nothing else from Tone Control, Opolopo, and Shea Soul, but, still, heavyweight!” 9/10 thatmanmonkz (GB)
“Superb EP, as expected from a fine ass label/producer/vocalist combo. Will be playing Be Enough and Feel It on the we_ctrl show i’m sure. Big loves! X” 9/10 Tomson | we_ctrl (GB)
“Nice Ep from Opolopo! coool soulful underground stuff We love the Shea’s voice! Thank you bro!” 9/10 Souldynamic (IT)
“Liking this very much, thanks guys!” 8/10 Giom (GB)
“Brilliant vocal and baseline!” 8/10 Todd Edwards (US)
“Yes please! All tracks doing it for me. Great production as usual with a strong song and vocal and all round swinging goodness. Will be playing on radio and dance floor.” 8/10 Fish Go Deep (IE)
“love this- great skills from a talented man” 8/10 Luke Solomon (GB)
Producer extraordinaire, Opolopo and talented chanteuse, Shea Soul team up for a serious slice of soulful deep house.
“Be Enough” has all the hallmarks of a modern house classic. Shea Soul delivers a bold vocal performance for Opolopo’s confident urban house groove, that blends garage and contemporary house flavours. Instrumental heads should turn to the Dub remix; Opolopo builds tension, taking things on a darker, more bass-led route. “Feel It” provides synth-led broken house vibes tying up this exceptional record.
Opolopo is a musician, DJ, remixer, composer and all-round production wizard, who can turn his hand to funk, house, or future soul at ease, which makes him one of Europe’s most talented producers.
Influenced from early age by Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita, and Kraftwerk, Opolopo now plays as a one-man band from London to Tokyo (equipped with keyboards and vocoder). His music spans over a decade on labels JVC Japan, Warner Brothers, Sony/BMG, Tru Thoughts, Om Records, Local Talk, and Especial Records. Collaboration/remix highlights include the legendary Dazz Band, Craig David, Mr. V, Lanu, Simon Grey, Ok_Ma, Mpho Skeef, Eska, and Sacha Williamson. On the underground tip, his bootleg remixes of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and Erykah Badu have music connoisseurs worldwide in a frenzy.
Shea Soul’s musical career has taken a distinctly independent route since leaving the renowned BRIT school. Since then Shea has worked with the likes of Toddla T, Basement Jaxx, Bugs in the Attic, Zed Bias, Calvin Harris, Example, and Shy FX to name a few. Writing and featuring on hit club tracks such as ‘Make it Funky For Me’ with Attacca Pesante, and ‘Perfectly’ with the Layabouts, music has paved the way for Shea. She’s performed to thousands of people worldwide, singing at festivals and stages covering Japan, South Africa, and Europe including London Wembley arena, and Hamburg’s famous Mojo Club, and her writing and vocals have featured on released singles globally. We hope you’ll agree “Be Enough” captures Shea’s unique voice, style and charm in a soon to be prominent addition to her repertoire.
“Be Enough” written by Peter Major, published by Tone Control Music and Shea Soul, published by Copyright Control. “Feel It” written by Peter Major, published by Tone Control Music. All tracks produced, mixed and mastered by Peter Major. All Instruments by Peter Major. Vocals on “Be Enough” performed by Shea Soul, recorded by Leigh Darlow at Earthworks Studios, London. Executive producer: Simon Finnegan.
Audio preview coming soon. Release Date: 10 March 2014
Tone Control Music return to your ears with a collaboration from electronic deep house producer, Tomson and soul songstress, Fyza. Determined lyrics, and analogue chords cruise along live bass in a future boogie styled original, while Tomson provides house-heads a darker dance floor version in his self styled dub. Zed Bias engineered the recording, and Matthew Bandy set the faders right, to make this 16th, all original, Tone Control Music release.
Tomson is most notably known for his work on Freerange, Huddtraxx, Morris Audio, Kolour, Illusion, Urban Torque and his own we_ctrl label among many others. In a relatively short career, his productions have received support from DJ’s such as Josh Wink, Laurent Garnier, Deetron, Paul Woolford and BBC Radio 1′s Mosca. As a resident DJ at Manchester’s infamous Development parties, Tomson played alongside luminaries such as Masters at Work, Ron Trent, Lil’ Louis, Danny Krivit, Kerri Chandler, Dixon, Larry Heard and many others. Taking his influences in equal measure from soul and hip hop as deep house and techno, Tomson’s music comfortably morphs together inspirations old and new.
Singer, songwriter, vocal producer and make-up artist, Fyza is a truly multi-talented creative. Fyza has been established as a UK soul artist in her own right, releasing a consistent flow of music since the 90’s, with underground hits such as “Poetical Love”. Moving into House music circles in recent years, Fyza has worked with producers such as Zed Bias (as Phuturistix), DJ Kawasaki (Kyoto Jazz Massive, EMI Japan), and Phil Asher for his singles “Look at What We’ve Done” (Archive) and “Take Me Away” (Mn2s). Fyza writes and produces vocals for several up and coming artists on both sides of the Atlantic, and has worked with The Black Opera in Detroit.
At the end of June, we had a right ‘ol knees up at Manchester’s brilliant Boogizm party – i got to play to loads of soul and boogie, and they loved it. It was special – Big love to Tom, Chris and all the Boogizm party people!
I recorded a mix for them before we went up there – so give it a listen for some old soulful vibes and lefty deep house…
Music from David McCallum, The Dells, Erykah Badu, Amel Larrieux, Lion Babe, Les Sins, Carlos Nilmmns, Alex Barck, Suitdancer, DeeJay Kul, Medlar, Randee Jean, Deadly Sins, MCDE and Romanthony
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Tone Control Music proudly introduces thatmanmonkz 2nd EP, Overproof. This follow up to debut solo EP, The Man continues ‘monkz exploration into Detroit, disco, and soul influenced deep house. Lead track, Overproof takes mid-tempo, modern boogie from soul into darker territories, while Right On gives a nod to Detroit old and new, before closing out in percussive Yoruba style with long time collaborator, Pete Simpson. Throughout this EP thatmanmonkz utilises his MPC, Rhodes, Bass Guitar and a multitude of synths to raw, rocking effect. Martin “Atjazz” Iveson lends his hear on mastering duties to complete another solid EP in the series.
Tone Control Music proudly introduces thatmanmonkz 2nd EP, Overproof. This follow up to debut EP, The Man continues ‘monkz exploration into Detroit, disco and soul influenced deep house. Lead track, Overproof takes mid-tempo, modern boogie from soul into darker territories, while Right On gives a nod to Detroit old and new, before closing out in percussive Yoruba style with long time vocalist collaborator, Pete Simpson. Throughout this EP thatmanmonkz utilises his MPC, Rhodes, Bass Guitar and a multitude of synths to raw, rocking effect. Martin “Atjazz” Iveson lends his hear on mastering duties to complete another solid EP in the series.
Scott ‘thatmanmonkz’ Moncrieff is a renowned DJ who has shared the decks with heavyweights Carl Craig, Grandmaster Flash, Phil Asher, Recloose and I.G. Culture among many others. Sharing a flat with Arctic Monkeys and M.I.A producer Ross Orton led to a crash course in production techniques and analogue synths, which inspired him to join forces with Toddla T (Radio 1) to form Small Arms Fiya.
Small Arms Fiya created numerous releases and remixes over their 3 year collaboration which included Jersey Street, Nubian Minds, Roots Manuva, Domu, Mark Rae, The Elektrons and Lo Tek Hi Fi. Their debut EP with Pete Simpson, and follow up with Ayah Marar was received with impressive acclaim from Benji B, Ross Allen, Waajeed and more. Since Small Arms Fiya, ‘monkz has experimented with new musical directions, sound tracking and production techniques. He is now busy producing, arranging, remixing and DJing – headlining Sheffield’s infamous Kabal Warehouse Party, Cargo, City Fly, M.I.S. and other events and residencies. ‘monkz has recorded guest mixes for Rinse FM, Deeper Shades of House and RTE Pulse among many other shows and stations.
Since his debut solo release, ‘The Man’ EP on Tone Control Music, and a 12’ from his ‘S & M’ project, ‘Monkz has garnered some high profile attention, including BBC Radio 1 plays and DJ support from Ashley Beadle, DJ Spinna, Rainer Truby, Deetron, Jimpster, Laurent Garnier, as well as record of the week at Piccadilly Records.
All songs written by Scott Moncrief, except The Feeling, written by Scott Moncrieff, Pete Simpson and Daniel Swain. All instruments by thatmanmonkz, except saxophone on Right On by S-Unit, and additional instrumentation on The Feeling by Pete Simpson. Vocals on The Feeling by Pete Simpson. All tracks produced, arranged, and mixed by thatmanmonkz at the fiya station. Mastered by Martin ‘AtJazz’ Iverson for Digital, and Finyl Tweak for Vinyl. Photography by Luke Milnes. Artwork by Haydn Davies. (P) & (C) 2013 Tone Control Music