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Higher High (Incl. The Realm Mixes)

Ralf GUM, Daniel Thomas

GOGO Music
GOGO 035 | 2009-03-30  
Ralf GUM & Daniel Thomas return to the roots with this disco influenced bomb!

GOGO Music continues its superb output with this disco stomper by Ralf GUM who features UK vocalist Daniel Thomas on the title ‘Higher High’. Ralf GUM made it to one of the highest respected figures in the house music scene due to the distinctive qualities in his exceptional productions. Without a doubt he has made his name and his label GOGO Music, particularly familiar names to any house music fan. Always searching for originality in his productions he returns with ‘Higher High’ to his disco roots and blends the soulful funky keys played by keyboarder and composer Michael ‘Nivalito’ Ehnes with a stomping rhythm and some delicate percussive patterns. Plenty of strings, brass, guitars and driving bass-line are added to create a song that stands out far from the mass of mediocre records being released. Wherever a 'Higher High' is there has to be a 'Deeper Deep', as well. With these mixes Ralf showcases his love for more abstract structures that should satisfy all house heads who are looking for serious deeper action.

The unique vocal performance by Daniel Thomas intensifies the disco feeling to a max. Daniel is a multi faceted, multi dimensional talent who began singing and playing the piano since the age of 5 years. A bigger platform for his talent was created when he was taken under the wings of The London Community Gospel Choir and very swiftly rose through the ranks of as Choir director for 5 years. This grounding has afforded him a prominent place both within House music and the Gospel music scene in the UK. As an artist in his own right, he has won audience the world over with his amazing vocals and big flamboyant personality – to crowds as much as 100.000 when he performed at Party In The Park under the name of Blockster (Number 3 single in the UK charts), appearing on the same bill as Westlife. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and as far as Japan, South Africa, India and USA.

Rounding the release of is one of UK’s fine exports in house music – The Realm. Consisting of Toni Economides, Pete Kuzma and Oli Lazarus, The Realm have made themselves a prime name in the biz with their releases on Papa Records. Toni is a member of KV5 and one of London's most sought after producers and engineers. You'll find Toni's name on a lot of the hot records coming out of London these days, working with artists such as Bugz In The Attic, Da Lata, Tarantulaz, Fanatix as well as Reel People. Oli is the founder of Papa Records and Reel People. 2008 was a big year for him, with Reel People releasing their second album 'Seven Ways To Wonder' which won the plaudit of critics worldwide. Pete is an outstanding keyboarder and worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Jill Scott, Jazzy Jeff and has recently returned home after going a world tour playing keyboards for Kanye West. Together they delivered a great rework of ‘Higher High’ making it perfect for the soulful DJ-sets.

Ralf GUM feat. Daniel Thomas ‘Higher High’ draws again a true distinction in the consistent quality of productions that have come from GOGO Music. This is a record that will stand the test of time!
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