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Just Fine (Incl. David Harness & Jihad Muhammad Remixes)

SMI, Shea Soul

Makin Moves
MAKIN001 | 2012-11-02  
Just Fine
David Harness Youself Instrumental (7:13)
Just Fine
David Harness Youself Alternative Remix (7:13)
Just Fine
David Harness Youself Alternative Instrumental (7:13)
Just Fine
Jihad Muhammad Bang The Drum Remix (7:56)
Just Fine
Jihad Muhammad Bang The Drum Instrumental (7:56)


Summer 2012 saw the birth of a brand new events promotion company in London Makin' Moves. With already a host of successful parties under their belt, head honcho Matt Langrish-Smith and wing-man Jamesey make the next move and launch their exciting new record label for the brand. The first single to rumble out of their studios is a gorgeous soulful outing from North London producer SMI featuring the unmistakable voice of Shea Soul titled Just Fine. Shea's heartfelt voice glides through the song like a hot knife to ice cream over SMIs soundtrack of afrocentric beats and emotional melancholic piano. Also appearing on the release are San Francisco top dog DJ/producer David Harness, who works up a hypnotic groove for the floor; and New Jersey soulful maestro, Jihad Muhammad, delivers a four to the floor 'Bang The Drum Mix' adding in some fancy key work and lush sweeping strings.

A relatively new kid on the block, Leon Vandol, aka SMI has his heart first and foremost in his music. Based in North London this young talent has already worked with Donaeo and G Frsh (signed to Tiny Tempahs label), as well as developing some new fresh soulful talent himself. A big fan of Shea Soul, Leon approached her on Facebook and they went on to link in the studio to record their first collaboration Just Fine.

Shea Soul is the exciting new future-soul-jazz singer from Croydon, UK. The Brit School graduate has gained a reputation within the scene with her distinctive voice and ability to pen strong hooks and melodies. A chance hook-up led to her being asked to vocal a track with legendary dance producer Matt MJ Cole. Her first official foray into songwriting resulted in the dance floor smash Never Say Never. Now firmly established on the UK underground, Shea Soul was well and truly in demand as a songwriter and featured artist, working with a slew of the UK's most credible underground producers from Toddla T Joey Negro, Shy FX, Donaeo, Swindle, Phil Asher, Zed Bias and Simbad. A session with Attacca Pesante spawned the biggest underground hit: Make it Funky written and performed by Shea became one of the founding hits of the UK Funky scene. Her track Perfectly with The Layabouts was also a huge club smash. As well as top line writing for dance producers Shea is currently working on her debut solo album which is due for release in 2013. Her debut solo single Where Did You Go is a uniquely British sounding slice of jazz-infused street-soul -the perfect tease for her album.


All instruments by Vandol

Produced by SMI for SMI productions. Vocals arranged and recorded by Shea Soul. Licensed courtesy of TwoPointNine Ltd.

Tracks 2-6 - Remixed by David Harness
Tracks 7&8 - Remixed by Jihad Muhammad


Timmy Regisford (NYC) - Very hot
Boddhi Stava (Belgium) - Dope release guy's. Will support it in my radio shows and Live Performances.
Djeff (Angola) - Nice One guys a beautifull track to a beautifull Start!!! Support all the way from Angola!
Sean McCabe (King St /Various) - Nice first release on the Makin' Moves label. Shea does a smooth job on the vocal, I like the contrast of laid back gliding feel of the music over the driving percussive drums on the David Harness mix.
Tyrone 'Mixologist' Francis (NYC) - Very Nice Package
Vinny Di Vinci (South Africa) - Top marks on all the mixes, hot!!!
Ralf Gum (South Africa) A lovely first release from Matt & Jamesey's new imprint, that makes us curious to hear more
David Harness (San Francisco) - Loving this track. Thank you for letting me express myself for you!!
Ian Friday (Libation, NYC) - Good music from a great singer and a spanking new label. All the best Matt!!
Andy Compton (The Rurals) - beautiful release!!
Patrick Wilson (Nulife, Oakland) - All mixes are GREAT!!! Will def. be on HEAVY rotation in my sets!!
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