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Lift Him Up (Incl. MuthaFunkaz Remixes)

Toni Granello, Linda Lee Hopkins

MAP Dance
MAP3708 | 2008-05-22  
One of THE soulful bombs at this years WMC.. Linda blew the place apart with her live performance at We Love House Party in Miami!

Comments:

TONY WILSON (DEF GROOVES PRODUCTIONS): Lift Him Up was the record of the WMC as far as I was concerned. The original mix is cool and definitely workable. However, the MuthaFunkaz mixes are a dream come true for those of us old-skool Basement Boys style of music. This record is one of those records that comes around once in a while and touches everyone who loves good music, and Lift Him Up is no exception to the rule. I rate it at the highest rating and will play it on a heavy-rotation basis. In fact, I played during the earlier part of my DJ set in Canada last weekend and got such a great response (which was no surprise), that I later played the original, brought in the dub, and then brought in the MuthaFunkaz vox mix off the dub, and it was nothing but hands in the air. They were definitely feeling it. I will say that a lot of DJs were saddened when I told them I could not make them a copy of it, but, that the way love goes.

Groove Junkies: We were very blessed to get this bomb from Mr Mike two months ago and we jumped on it immediately. It will no doubt do damge for a long time to come.

Audiowhores: Best thing ive heard from Spen in a long time, love it! 9/10

andy ward: all about the 12 muthafunkaz mix for me. looking forward to hammering this on the road and more importnantly on the radio tonight im sure they got a winner here !

Sandro Endrighetti (Panevino): full support on this one! Muthafunkaz Remix ROCKS!

Sergio Flores: The Muthafunkaz did a great job on this !! I really like it

Stevo: Wow ! I played the original first and if I didn't know any better, I would have thought the muthafunkaz mixes would have trouble matching the quality of the original. I was very wrong. Four playable mixes on a release is such a rarity these days. I cant wait to play this out.

Master Kev: Loving this.. definitely supporting it

DjPope/POJI/Baltimore: This will definately lift any floor up

Aaron Weinbaum: This shit is the BOMB!!!! Loving the Muthafunkaz mixes. Will be gettin' heavy play here in Chicago and abroad.

Rocco (Rodamaal): Nice original mix , My fav mix are Mtha 12 inch + Parise Party mix, Soulfull and floor mixes

Joe stanley bondi fm australia: This is monstrous!! killer track, killer vocal and I am going to remember where they used the horns from! big support from me 4 sure in club and on bondifm!

chalie edwards hed kandi: something for everyone on this release, muthafunkaz produce a remix that you just cant help but groove to and the original is full on hands in the air action!

John jones hed kandi / stereo sushi show : praise party mix is slammin. original quite nice actually

DJ Meme: Awesome mixes from Spen and Gary...as usual ! One of my favorites. Meme

Dj Dealer (Look At You Rec.): This is absolute HOTNESS!!!! ?Loving Spen's vocal rmx, well done -- full support

Halo: Really felling the orig mix classic classic house tune...


Upcoming Swiss DJ/Producer Toni Granello joins forces with the incredible soulful vocalist Linda Lee Hopkins, who together deliver a monstrous Gospel House anthem in the making titled ‘Lift Him Up’. Making an amazing debut on Switzerland’s MAP Dance label, ‘Lift Him Up’ makes a dramatic entrance with Linda Lee’s dynamic voice commanding instant attention as the warm soulful musical vibes add instant energy to any dancefloor as Toni works up a mean original cut and a sublime dub. Taking the party to a higher plane, house superstars the MuthaFunkaz (aka DJ Spen and Gary Deane) take hold of the remix controls delivering 2 heavyweight floor destroying remixes. The ‘MuthaFunkaz 12 Inch Remix’ is a bouncing urban house groove packed with Hammond slaying frenzies, a hefty brass hook and cheeky drop outs laced with handclaps. The ‘MuthaFunkaz Praise Party Remix’ includes all the bounce and energy of the 12 Inch Remix, with Linda’s vocals giving way to an absolutely impeccable Sax solo performance that cuts through the track like a hot knife through butter!

Toni Granello aka Tuncay A. was born in Bern Switzerland, at the age of 8 he was already playing piano and went to learn bass and drums. By the age of 14, Toni had his first set of turntables and was instantly hooked on house music. Fuelled by his passion for the music, he practiced whenever he could and by the time he was 17 he went on to perform a popular Swiss clubs such as Tonis Club, Quo Vadis and Piazza Navona Art Club. From 1998 - 2002 Toni dabbled with production work gaining experience, but then took a back seat to further himself in education. His temporary departure from the Swiss club world was sorely missed until now in 2008 Toni has made a welcome return! Resuming DJ duties Toni has a tight gig schedule over the coming months with appearances forthcoming at Liquid Club, Obsession,Castellino,Club Neuschwanstein in Switzerland and other European destinations including Turkey, Greece, Italy and Germany.

US Born Linda Lee Hopkins is a singer/songwriter/entertainer specialising in Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Jazz, House and many other styles of music. Based in Paris, France for the last 16 years, she has graced the stages of Clubs, TV, Radio, and Films. With her warm and communicative voice, she has sung live and worked with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Al Jarreau, Percy Sledge, Prince, Bob Sinclar, Marc Cerrone, Yves La Roc, Pino Arduini, Demis Roussos and the late and great Ray Charles among others. She recorded an album in 1998, produced by France 2 - Universal entitled ‘Propeace’, selling 40.000 albums in the first month. Her other albums also include Gospel Pour 100 Voix 2002 and 2005 (Of which choral she has been Artistic Director for the past 5 years), selling 50.000 copies of her album From Harlem To Paris. Linda has performed in over 30 countries in the course of her career and she continues to spread joy and love wherever she goes. Her elegance and style will have you laughing, singing, dancing, crying and even sometimes rejoicing!

Former Basement Boy, DJ Spen partnered with Gary Deane and formed Code Red Recordings in January 2004. Together they formed a new group called the MuthaFunkaz whose first release, “The Best I Can” showed a new side of Spen’s production. Since then they have graced the musical playlist’s of world class Dj’s with massive soulful hits including The Massive anthem ‘The Way You Love Me ft. Ron Hall (Hustle /Defected), followed by ‘I Don’t Want You Anymore’ ft. Marc Evans (Soul Heaven),’It’s All Jesus’ ft. Byron Stingily (Spiritually Sound) among many others. Muthafunkaz remix works have seen them add their magic touch to releases by musical heavyweights such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Brandy, Kelis, Joey Negro, Reel People and Kimara Lovelace to name just a few.
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