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Fusion Moves

Kaidi Tatham

Reel People Music
RPMCD009 | 2024-03-29  
Reel People Music breathes new life into its gleaming vault of back catalogue classics with brand new series Fusion Moves. The series will offer talented music-makers the opportunity to remix and reinterpret label releases of their choosing, kicking off with soulful progressive Kaidi Tatham in the hot seat.

Tatham's modus operandi is clear from the get-go. Opening selection Sebb Junior feat. Paula's All Of My Life flows dreamily upon that trademark Tatham mix of organic beats, polished horns and immersive keys. As Paula rightly sings, "the beautiful can happen." And keep happening…. Reel People feat. Mica Paris' reworked I Want To Thank You gains elegant funk and boogie bounce, a bubblin b-line and those upweighted backing vocals adding new urgency and depth, whilst some extended bass-end manoeuvrings on the collective's 2020 hit Save a Lil Love provide a hugely effective counterpoint to Eric Roberson's super-smooth vocals.

Tatham switches things up for his re-take of The Realm x Atjazz x Kelli Sae's deep afro-house burner On The Road, adding wonderfully carefree jazz-funk flow 'n' feeling replete with sweet synth solos and guitar licks. The snappy syncopated rhythms propelling Daz-I-Kue feat. Hadiya George's Pedigree and Monkey Brothers feat. Sean Escoffery's stunning Losin' My Head align to the rich broken beat heritage for which most admirers associate him but, true to form, he continues to glide compellingly between mood and moves….

From the loose bass-guitar groove of Eric Ericksson & Reel People feat. Debra Debs' Don't Hold Back On Love and sultry strut and swagger of AAries' Don't Give It Up to Sebb Junior feat. Muhsinah's infectiously jammin' Special – lovingly framed by nimble jazz-piano play – and the liberatingly upbeat dressing applied to Tony Momrelle's seminal Fly, Tatham's sonic upholstery right across Fusion Moves is as skilful as it is impactful. One expert body of work built upon another.

"I know Reel People Music's discography so well that I had a pretty immediate sense of the tracks I wanted to work with once they gave me the keys to their kingdom," Tatham explains. "For each song I closed my eyes, imagined playing them live on stage and let the chords and musicality fire from there. My sound incorporates so many different styles, from hip-hop and broken beat to soul and disco. It's a perfect fit for Fusion Moves. The Reel People team share my mission statement to make people dance, smile and think."

Based in Belfast, Kaidi Tatham is the multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ who helped to define West London's iconic broken beat sound during the late Nineties but who has continued to operate beyond genres and pigeonholes – be that via albums including In Search Of Hope, Bandana and Don't Rush The Process, his dance music-focused pseudonym Agent K and a raft of collaborations including those with Bugz In The Attic, 4Hero, Amp Fiddler, Amy Winehouse and Slum Village.

Reel People Music is a label borne out of the soulful success of acclaimed collective Reel People but representing so much more. Launched in late 2009, the imprint has built a fiercely loyal international fanbase through its passion for artist development, musicianship, song-craft and soulful groove. Label alumni include Tony Momrelle, Portia Monique, The Layabouts, Kelli Sae, Sebb Junior, Opolopo, Angela Johnson, Emmaculate and Mothers Favorite Child.

Expect to hear further Fusion Moves in the coming months. Fresh twists on quality songs and sounds. Always with soulful authenticity at the heart.

Remixes produced by Kaidi Tatham
Additional production & arrangements by Toni Economides
Keyboards & Drum Programming by Kaidi Tatham
Bass by Francis Hylton on Tracks 2, 5, 8 & 9
Bass by Ernie Mckone on Track 10
Percussion by Carl Smith
Trumpet & Flugel Horn by Sid Gauld
Mixed by Toni Economides @ Bambu Studios, London
Mastered by Clinton McCreery @ Bambu Studios, London
A&R by Oli Lazarus
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P&C 2024 Reel People Music Limited

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