Ralf GUM proves again with his new album that there is constancy - and consistency - to be found in this fast-moving world. His sound became an instantly recognizable trademark during the last two decades, as it cuts through the airwaves and clubs sound systems with unique class and style. "Never Leaves You" is testament to the fact that Ralf GUM has stayed true to his roots and his particular, well-honed style. Never one to skimp on the perfection of his arrangements, or sacrifice artful production to follow the latest trends, this album is his opus.

Since the start of Ralf GUM's musical career, he's tirelessly praised the importance of real songs, as opposed to simple, dancefloor-oriented productions and his new outing is homage to "the song". While many categories and styles could be foisted on it as a description, "dancefloor soul music" is probably the best summation of the long-player. Featuring an extensive list of top musicians, the music on the album is far from the average programmed dance-track. And the impressive list of vocalists on the record means that, while it's absolutely dancefloor-relevant, it'll also warm the hearts of home listeners.

These vocalists include some huge-hitters, such as two-time Grammy Award-winning British R&B and soul singer Caron Wheeler, who gained fame writing and singing the lead vocals on two of Soul II Soul's biggest hits, "Keep on Movin'" and "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)". Her collab with Ralf - entitled "So Good" - is her first ever real House track and is evidence of her outstanding talent. Monique Bingham (with whom Ralf recorded "Kissing Strangers" in 2008 - the best-selling house track of the year on Traxsource) proves on "Take Me To My Love" that she's still the first lady of deep lyrics in House music, while Oluhle (who was born in Zimbabwe and won the Zimbabwean Achievers Award for Best Female Artist in 2011) really makes her presence felt in such royal company. Ditto Canadian Jaidene Veda, who's already seduced a number of heavyweight producers and countless listeners around the globe with her breathy voice.

The male faction of singers includes "the voice of house music", Robert Owens, who features on "Fly Free", the first single taken from the album which was a huge hit on download charts and playlists across the planet. Furthermore, "the king of Gospel House", Kenny Bobien, contributes two songs to the album, and Kafele delivers his second joint outing with Ralf, following their highly successful 2010 release "Complicated". In addition to these, Ralf GUM has recorded with one of France's finest voices Jocelyn Mathieu, who gained fame for his releases on Vega Records and collaborated with highly talented soul singer, Jon Pierce. He completes a list of sterling singers that just prove Ralf's relevance as one of the most sought-after international soulful house producers.

This new long-player showcases the growth of this incredible artist, who never compromised and never left his signature style. Ten songs in which there's much to hear and feel. The music abounds in soul; it's jaunty and deep simultaneously. Combining traditional and contemporary elements whilst still being futuristic, it's well crafted enough to "Never Leave You".

"Soul-house goodness on the grandest possible scale" Blues & Soul Magazine

"This is head and shoulders above the rest of what others call house music." SoulM8

"This is simply amazing now go buy it and support the finest soulful vocal house." Tilllate Magazine

"You'll ignore it at your peril!" Soul and Jazz and Funk


CREDITS:

Artist: Ralf GUM
Title: Never Leaves You

Everything feat. Jocelyn Mathieu
(Jocelyn Mathieu, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Jocelyn Mathieu.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion: Ralf GUM except Conga, Bongo: Christian Fehre and add. Shaker: Phil Kullmann.
Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Bass, Piano: Krischan Frehse.
Guitar: Philip Niessen.
Bass, Piano, Guitar recorded by Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250701
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

Burning Star feat. Kafele
(Kafele Bandele, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Kafele Bandele.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion, Moog Voyager: Ralf GUM.
Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Pierre Wrobbel.
Guitar recorded by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Trumpet by Kafele Bandele.
Horn arrangement by Kafele Bandele and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250702
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

The Only Way feat. Kenny Bobien
(Kenny Bobien, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Kenny Bobien.
Co-produced by Kenny Bobien and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion: Ralf GUM.
Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Bass: Krischan Frehse.
Guitar: Philip Niessen.
Trumpet: Kafele Bandele.
Horn arrangement: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Bass, Guitar recorded by Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios.
Vocals recorded by Kevin Hedge.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Off The Top Music (ASCAP), Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250703
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

Do It For Love feat. Jaidene Veda
(Jaidene Veda, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Jaidene Veda.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion, Moog Voyager: Ralf GUM.
Fender Rhodes Piano, Piano, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Philip Niessen.
Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Tobias Weidinger.
Horn arrangement: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar, Horns recorded by Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Socan, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250704
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

Take Me to My Love feat. Monique Bingham
(Monique Bingham, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Monique Bingham.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion: Ralf GUM.
Fender Rhodes Piano, Moog, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Boonoonoonos Publishing, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250705
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

Linda Feat. Oluhle
(Sukoluhle Ncube, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Oluhle Ncube.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion, Moog Voyager, Flute: Ralf GUM.
Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Vocals recorded by Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Herbal 3 Records, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250706
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

Fly Free feat. Robert Owens
(Robert Owens, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead Vocals: Robert Owens.
Background Vocals: Robert Owens and David Ludbrook.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion, Moog Voyager, Juno 106: Ralf GUM.
Djun Djun, Bell, add. Clave, add. Shaker, Bells: Phil Kullmann.
Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Bruno Mueller.
Add. Percussion, Djun Djun, Bells, Guitar recorded by Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Westbury Publishing, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250707
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

So Good feat. Caron Wheeler
(Caron Wheeler, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Caron Wheeler.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Vocals recorded at: Star Catcher Studio, Parlin, New Jersey, USA by Portia Neeley-Rolle for Power Phoenix Entertainment
Vocal arrangement by Ralf GUM.
Vocals Mixed by Kendal Stubbs and Kyleel "Proda" Rolle at Seymour Street Studio, Montclair, NJ, USA.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion, Moog Voyager: Ralf GUM.
Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250708
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

Greater Love feat. Kenny Bobien
(Kenny Bobien, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead & Background Vocals: Kenny Bobien.
Co-produced by Kenny Bobien and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion: Ralf GUM except Congas: Christian Fehre.
Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Bass: Krischan Frehse.
Guitar: Bruno Mueller.
Trumpet: Tobias Weidinger.
Saxophone: Denis Gaebel.
Trombone: Michael Theissing-Tegeler.
Horn arrangement: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Bass, Guitar, Horns, Conga recorded by Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios.
Vocals recorded by Kevin Hedge.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Off The Top Music (ASCAP), Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250709
P&C GOGO Music 2012.

Never feat. Jon Pierce & Kafele
(Jon Pierce, Kafele Bandele)

Produced by Ralf GUM for GOGO Music.
Lead Vocals: Jon Pierce.
Background Vocals: Jon Pierce, Eliki, Kafele Bandele.
Co-produced by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Arranged by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes and Ralf GUM.
Drum programming, Percussion: Ralf GUM except Conga, Shekere, add Shaker: Christian Fehre.
Fender Rhodes Piano, Organ, Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Pierre Wrobbel.
Guitar recorded by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Bass: Krischan Frehse.
Trumpet by Kafele Bandele.
Horn arrangement by Kafele Bandele.
Bass, Conga, Shekere, add Shaker recorded by Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, subpublished by Roba / Atal Music, Copyright Control.
Mastered by Masterlab.de
ISRC: DEY161250710
P&C GOGO Music 2012.
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