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A Burrell Thang


Nu Groove Records
NG087D | 1991-06-07  
Nu Groove was one of the pioneering House Music labels out of NY, originally active between 1988 and 1992, it’s mark on the scene was to be felt for years to come. Originally set up by Karen and Frank Mendez as a vehicle for the Burrell twins, Rhano and Rheji, who were signed to Virgin at the time under the name Burrell, Nu Groove allowed them to explore the more underground and avant-garde nature of their musical minds. Nu Groove also became an outlet for many up and coming producers, including Kenny Dope, Bobby Konders, DJ Smash, Frankie Bones & Lennie Dee, Joey Negro and Joey Beltram to name but a few, they covered a variety of styles, from deep, jazzy and minimal house, through to soulful vocals, bumping grooves and jacking sample tracks, all a reflection of New York’s house sound of the time. These releases fuelled the explosive dance scene of the late 80s and early 90s, warehouse rave culture and UK pirate radio all relied heavily on Nu Grooves steady output of underground grooves to inspire a generation of dance music lovers, dancers, DJ’s and producers. Almost 30 years on, the spirit of this seminal New York label lives on.

It’s a Burrell Thang! Twin brothers Rhano and Rheji give us a template for the sound of New York House with its solid beats, sampled keyboard stabs and familiar vocal hooks. ‘I Desire You’ would be a seriously strong opening track for any record, clever samples of sax and soulful vocal flutter in and out over tight percussion making this one a serious mover. ‘I Need House’ is another slice of house heaven – powerful vocals and piano emphasizing everything great about music from that era. Musical talent runs in the blood of this family!

A.B.T. 'A Burrell Thing'

1. A.B.T. I Desire You (Sample)
2. A.B.T. I Desire You (Anti-Sample)
3. A.B.T. Luv 2 Luv U
4. A.B.T. I Need It³
5. A.B.T. La¹²

Written, Produced & Orchestrated by Rheji Burrell
Published by Defected Music
P&C 1991 Nu Groove Records/Burrell Brothers

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