Uniting Music (MIXED)

Ralf GUM

GOGO Music
GOCD 005 | 2008-05-05  


01 Warrior featuring Beate S. Lech
02 Kissing Strangers featuring Monique Bingham
03 Elle featuring Hanna Haïs
04 Parachute featuring Oliver Leicht
05 Brother Like No Other featuring Wunmi
06 Searching featuring Mike Avery
07 Baby Let Me featuring Dennis Legree
08 Parabatu
09 Easy featuring Inaya Day
10 If No Harm featuring Rachel Claudio
11 All This Love For You featuring Diamondancer

Germany’s prime Deephouse-DJ/Producer, soulful activist and GOGO Music head honcho, Ralf GUM unveils his long awaited debut masterpiece album titled “Uniting Music”. Composing a continuous piece of music, seamless and blended into a luscious tapestry of soulful, afro-latin, house and jazz inspired textures, Ralf showcases his ability to create wonderful original songs. With each song intertwining with another, he’s pushing the boundaries well beyond the traditional DJ mix sense! Seeming almost like one beautiful track, “Uniting Music” contains it all from really pretty dreamy tracks, real groovin’ live deals and late night slices of hypnotic house too. Ralf has culled together some of the most in-demand acclaimed vocalists of different scenes including Inaya Day (who recorded with artists such as Missy Elliott, Michael Jackson, Queen Latifah and gained the “best female vocalist” title at the “House Music Awards“), Beate S. Lech aka “Beady Belle” (who toured with Jamie Cullum), Monique Bingham (who worked with Kerri Chandler, Quentin Harris, Studio Apartment), Wunmi (who was featured by Masters At Work, Osunlade, Raw Artistic Soul), Hanna Hais (who released on Defected, ATAL, Distance) and Diamondancer (who worked with Jimpster), as well as discovering new and upcoming vocal talents such as Mike Avery (Chicago), Rachel Claudio (Jaffa Music, Paris) and Dennis Legree (NYC/Cologne). After composing the basic tracks with songwriter CrisP he finally spiced up the record with guest performances of some of Germany’s top-musicians including the Raw Artistic Soul Brass Section or Oliver Leicht on flute. The hallmark of Ralf’s sound is the perfect harmony between delicate voices singing meaningful lyrics and wicked underground beats with innovative percussion, consistently conjuring up irresistible magic grooves every time he emerges from his studio. This makes him one of the most authentic musical forces and his album “Uniting Music” a creative testament to a classy purveyor of all things soulful.

Ralf GUM has constantly put out timeless music since GOGO Music’s inception in 2001 and has managed to set an incredibly high standard with each release, which is reflected by the countless great reviews in press and other media. Aside of releasing Raw Artistic Soul since day one, other stellar acts including Ursula Rucker, Karizma, Michael Procter, SUMO or Alix Alvarez have worked for his label. Having gained support from the worldwide DJ elite, GOGO Music has earned the title of one of Germany’s most prestigious soulful dance labels and was called “one of the hottest imprints around” by the “Blues & Soul” magazine in 2005. Harmony, Soul and Groove are the key elements of Ralf’s typical sound. Having been producing since 1993, later teaming up with CrisP in 1997, where together they released cuts on very famous labels like Peppermint Jam, Compose, Tommy Boy and Milk & Sugar, as well as remixes for InfraCom!, Sole Music, Oyster Music and many others. Ralf as well has delivered many brilliant singles on his own GOGO Music label to great acclaim and the two singles already taken from “Uniting Music”, “Warrior” feat. famous Norwegian jazz vocalist Beate S. Lech (Remixes by Sugar Beat & Raw Artistic Soul) and “Easy” feat. Inaya Day (remixed by Raw Artistic Soul) have gained the support from the likes of Osunlade, Aaron Ross or Franck Roger. The stunning new single due for commercial release in February 08 featuring NYC Diva, Monique Bingham “Kissing Strangers”, with remixes from Frankie Feliciano and Raw Artistic Soul is receiving amazing feedback, including ‘Pick Of The Week’ on Spiritofhouse.com, an instant number 1 spot on Traxsource.com and is supported by the whole house-DJ elite including Tony Humphries, Grant Nelson, Marlon D, Mr V and countless more. Future singles planned are “All This Love For You” feat. Diamondancer with remixes coming from Rocco (Rodamaal) and the Jinks take over the remix controls on “If No Harm” feat. Rachel Claudio - both releases forthcoming for Spring 2008.

During his career Ralf has compiled and mixed various CD-Compilations including in 2004 “Arrival Vol I” (Air Recordings) together with Howard Donald (Take That) for which they toured together all over Germany and in 2005 “Studio – the finest in lounge and house music” (CKP). In 2005 he launched the first in the GOGO Music label compilation series, “GO!” including gems of the first 3 years from the GOGO releases and following in 2006 “GO!! Vol. 2“. With both albums he was receiving great critical acclaim. In addition he has just released a digital only “10 Years Anniversary Remix Compilation” with CrisP featuring nuggets from their remix repertoire including “Giorgio Moroder –What A Feeling”, “Hacienda – Sabor”, “Billie Ray Martin Feat. Ann Peebles – 18 Carat Garbage” and many more!

Since Ralf`s DJ career started in 1990 he always stayed true to his passion for cool and diverse house music. He’s graced the decks at more than 250 German and international spots. With his sensual DJ-sets he earned the unfailing respect of fellow colleagues and the dedication of his faithful fans. Next to his steady travelling for gigs all around Ralf to date plays at 3 spots regularly. In 1998 the “Airport” (Wuerzburg /Germany) got the living-room for his interpretation of house. Since then he has captured the crowd with his sessions every Friday night and played alongside with artists like DJ Gregory, Martin Solveig, Lenny Fontana, Mousse T or DJ Pippi, to name just a few. Since 2006 he holds a residency at Stuttgart’s “Climax” and since end of 2007, Frankfurt’s new in-location “APT“ is a regular station for him. For 5 years Ralf has been hosting his bi-weekly night at Studio-Lounge (Wuerzburg), which was dubbed the “deepest and most soulful event of Germany” in the German Subculture magazine. In addition Ralf hosts annual GOGO Music Parties at the WMC, Miami. With star studded DJ line-ups, these parties are normally the talk of South Beach!

Turning his DJ skills to the airwaves, in 2003 Ralf launched the GOGO Music radio show, a weekly show from Ralf, including other DJs of the GOGO Music family and broadcasted by 25 stations around the globe today!

Ralf’s always kept passionate to experiment with his productions how to uplift the senses high and tickle the imagination with deep emotions. Now his creativity and curiosity helped him to deliver an album, which is encapsulating his spirit and which is delivering a very personal vision of music without challenging the work already done.

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