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Don't Go (Incl. Quentin Harris Remixes)

DJ Qness, Xoli M

Makin Moves
MAKIN002 | 2012-12-07  
Hot off the heels of their debut release from SMI feat Shea Soul with Just Fine Makin Moves continue their house-work with a fantastic new single plucked from rhythmic shores of South Africa. Dont Go is a beautiful and deep afrocentric song from Jo-burg producer star DJ Qness and features the soothingly soulful tones of Xoli M. Two top class remixes come from NYCs Quentin Harris who delivers his signature soulful heat, pinned together by a massively infectious synth bass hook. He then pulls out all the stops and arrives full armed with a menacing dub mix, cleverly toying with the vocal to a haunting soundtrack of punchy synth stabs and innovative tech-beats, ripe for the small hours!

Hailing from the dance-cultured streets of Johannesburg in South Africa, Qness first entered the musical scene as an RnB singer in a boy band at school. He moved on to hip hop in upper grade where he was also produced a high school band with friends, before being catapulted into dance music. Qness began to experiment with dance music at home while analysing the scene which at the time was mostly dominated by international renowned DJs and producers such as Louie Vega, Nick Holder, Masters at Work and many other House greats. With his PC at home and a healthy party scene to explore in both Johannesburg and Pretoria, he began his musical journey. By 2008, Qness had already acquainted himself with some of South Africas most influential DJs and producers and industry players . His first single Fugama Unamathe featured some indigenous African vocals and percussion and the amazing vocalist Oluhle. It went on to become a critically acclaimed crossover dance hit in South Africa and beyond when Belgian based Boddhi Satva signed it to his Offering Records label. Qness has already remixed work for greats such as M.I.A with XXXO along with hip hop mogul Jay Z as well as Kele from Bloc Party, among others. The success of Fugama Unamathe in South Africa was immediately followed up by his single Uzongilinda featuring Malehloka (SoWHAT Records) which then lead on to his debut album DJ Qness 2013 On Cue Vol.1. The album spawned singles including Time,Believing (originally a collaboration by UPZ and Kafele) and Bambelela. Qness is also South Africas very first celebrity, face of, spokesperson and brand ambassador for the fashionable and very stylish Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, manufactured by the super power, Monster Cable Company.

Singer/songwriter Xoli M was born in KZN and grew up in Pretoria, Soshanguve. She Started her journey of in music in 2010 when she recorded her first hit track Set Me Free alongside Black Motion and recently signed wth Strongroots Entertainment. Ixoli has worked with a host of talented music extraodinares and producers including Dj Qness Mckenzie (Rhythmic elements) SirJavas Afrikaroots DjSylivi and DjMalvado.

In the hermetically sealed world of dance music, where genres split tangentially with regular and bewildering regularity, there are a few whose music is expansive enough to cross barriers, ignore micro-idioms and appeal to many. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule and one such exception is DJ/Producer/Remixer, Quentin Harris. Quentin has remixed a plethora of stars from Justin Timberlake and Mariah Carey to Femi Kuti to Toni Braxton to Rihanna. In addition to Dont You Forget About Us from Mariah and Not Like Crazy by Jill Scott one of his benchmark rubs was a sneaky re-production of Leela James My Joy transforming her dynamite blues jam into classic deep house. Aside of his massive singles including Lets Be Young Give It 2 U with Ultra Nate and Poor People with Monique Bingham Quentin has penned 2 fantastic albums No Politics and Sacrifice. He continues to rock the dance floors of the world with his unique energy and divine sounds.

WRITING & PRODUCTION:-

Tracks 1 & 2

Produced by: Qhubani Ndlovu
Lyrics: Xolile P. Mazibuko
Publishing: Sheer Publishing/Monate Fela Publishing
Copyright: Native Soul Music/Qness Productions

Tracks 3-5 - Remix by Quentin Harris for Def Mix Production

DJ REACTIONS:-

Vinny Di Vinci (Metro FM, South Africa) - Dope!!!!!
King Britt (Worldwide) - Love Quentin's Re-Production mix.... but its the dub that does it...!!
Tony Humphries (Tony Records, NJ) - Very nice song and mixes! Full support
Master Kev (MKTL, New York) - Lovely song from DJ Qness and Xoli M! smooth, soulful and just straight up bliss = perfect combo! Full support!
DJ Afrozila (Angola) - Makin Moves are really making some real Moves, Love it all versions!
Ralf Gum (Go Go Music) - Nice second release from this promosing label
Marques Wyatt (Deep, LA) - Nice to see Quentin back on it! Feeling it.
Sean McCabe (King St) - Quentin Harris brings the heat!
David Harness (Mighty, San Francisco) - Another great vocal from Makin Moves!!! Quentin did his thing on the remix. Loving the throw back Homage to Blacksheep!!!
Boddhi Satva (Offering Recs, Belgium) = Great release from Qness and superb vocals from Xoli!
DJ Rork (Paris0 - Nice second release from Makin' Moves! Perfect for my peeps!
Mark Stone (UDM Show) - master production!! full udm support
Irfan Rainy (Community, Manchester) - Gotta be the dub !
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