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Alibi (Dennis Ferrer Remixes)

Reel People, Darien Dean

Papa Records
PAPA045 | 2008-04-11  
Hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed second album Seven Ways To Wonder and a set of storming, sold out UK gigs, Reel People are proud to present two brand new mixes by the major house talent that is Dennis Ferrer!!

Having already won support from Pete Tong, ‘DF’s Out On Bail Mix’ takes the warm vocals of New York underground soul luminary Darien and marries them to a deep, techy mix, offering the perfect balance of light and dark. Bouncy, jerky drums sit on top of a wobbly, lurching bassline and wildpitch-style synth stabs. ‘DF’s Out On Bail Instrumental’ takes the track down a murky alleyway, adding pitched-down 303 squelches, a winsome melody played on what sounds like a synthesised melodica, and moody, organ-like stabs.

Reel People Biog

Hailing from London’s East End, Oli Lazarus spent three years of musical osmosis in Flying Records, a shop specialising in soulful dance music. After this grounding education and with very little song writing or studio experience under his belt, he produced Reel People’s debut single ‘Spiritual’. The entirely positive reception to his maiden voyage (plus a little help from production master Phil Asher and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Haines) helped spur him on to realise the lauded debut LP.

Oli and then partner Mike Patto set to it and in 2003 ‘Second Guess’ was released on Oli’s Papa Records label. The album was greatly received and led to the band being signed to Columbia Records in Japan, where they remain hugely popular, even supporting Herbie Hancock at the Tokyo Jazz Festival. In February 2006 the album was re-released on dance independent Defected Records. To enhance the new version, the guys penned the club classic ‘The Rain’ and the uber cool cover of Thelma Houston’s ‘You Used To Hold Me So Tight’. Accompanying this was a bonus disc of live versions which really showed off how the band had developed over the 3 years of touring ‘Second Guess’.

Live, Reel People have stormed auditoriums worldwide including week long stints at the famous Blue Note in Japan and Ronnie Scott’s in London. Other stand- out performances were delivered at The Southport Weekender, V Festival and T In The Park.

Dennis Ferrer Biog

Veteran songwriter/producer Dennis Ferrer began his career in dance music making techno in the early 90’s and in 2003 he co-produced the anthem ‘Sandcastles’. With his signature style melding deep house, techno and afro rhythms, ‘Sandcastles’ became the cornerstone of varied DJ sets, from Jeff Mills to Timmy Regisford to Deep Dish.

Since then, Ferrer has been nominated for three House Music awards, mixed one of the Defected Soul Heaven series with his sometime partner Kerri Chandler and released classic remixes of artists including Blaze, Barbara Tucker, Fish Go Deep and Telepopmusik. He has released tracks on labels including Defected, King Street, Basic, Ibadan, Metaphor and Sfere.

Ferrer’s debut album, ‘The World As I See It’ delivered the goods upon its 2006 release with undeniable club anthems ‘Touched the Sky’, ‘Transitions’, the gospel style ‘Church Lady’ and the powerhouse ‘Son of Raw’. His latest venture, ‘A Black Man in Space’ is a potent shot of minimal techno meets soul from the forthcoming album, ‘The More Things Change’.

At the helm of independent label, Objektivity, Ferrer continues to hit his stride on signature bass-laden productions with the likes of Karizma, Abicah Soul and The Martinez Brothers.
Looking forward to 2008, he continues to take chances on the unpredictable including a current remix project with Scandinavian songstress Ane Brun.

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