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We recommend today
our featured artist: Neil Pierce
wonderful new music by Quantize Recordings
a fine mix by Leigh Howlett
a selection of 10 great radioshows
And we have a little challenge for you in this letter again. Can You solve it ???
”Decadence” 10 years Album
for House FM
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🇬🇧 FEATURED ARTIST: NEIL PIERCE
London-based Neil Pierce may be known as a DJ, Producer, Remixer and Label Manager but all these titles can be summed up with one thing in common – he is a name you can rely on for good quality soulful house music you can dance to. Playing exclusives to classics, gospel to dubs, Neil’s DJ sets are full of energy that never fail to take you on a musical journey that will have you smiling and letting loose on the dance floor. He is one of the solid rocks in the Soulful House Scene.
It was whilst Neil was the Manager of Release the Groove record shop in London’s Soho that he began to make his way in the industry and became friends with many of the people that he would eventually play alongside. It wasn’t long before Neil was DJing at legendary nights such as Garage City and Paul Trouble Anderson’s Loft parties in Camden.
In 2001, a new night was launched at the infamous Ministry of Sound super-club in London. That night was Soul Heaven and it soon became a club night synonymous with playing quality house music with soul. It is of no surprise then that not long after its launch, Neil was asked to be a Soul Heaven resident. Nearly a decade later and Neil continues to be part of the Soul Heaven nights representing the brand in the UK and Worldwide.
In 2003 Neil partnered up with Aaron Ross under the Name Fanatix
In 2003, Neil partnered up with fellow Soul Heaven resident Aaron Ross as producers under the name Fanatix. Since their collaboration, they have made a name for themselves by working with some amazing artists such as Blaze, Kimara Lovelace, KOT, Kenny Bobien, Roy Ayers and Stephanie Cooke, as well as homegrown talents, Terri Walker, Kele le Roc, Jamiroquai, Alex Mills, Don-E and Sunburst Band. Recognition for their music came with releases on respected major ‘house’ labels including Sony, Defected, BBE, Ricanstruction, ZR, Def Jam, Soulgroove and of course Soul Heaven Records.
In March 2008, Fanatix released their debut album, There It Is on London based label BBE to great critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot on Traxsource. The album was raved about from all the top Dj’s in the scene, and it was also licenced to Toys Factory in Japan. During this time, Neil also found time to work on some solo projects. In 2005 he set up his own label Hustle Music which most famously is responsible for originally signing The Way You Love Me by Ron Hall & The Muthafunkas featuring Marc Evans which is now a house classic.
Neil’s reputation for recognizing and pioneering good music continued to grow and in 2009 he was the obvious choice to replace Aaron Ross as Label Manager at Soul Heaven Records. As well as finding new up and coming artists and music, this gave Neil the opportunity to put out his own music and in 2010, his debut solo record Relish Your Soul performed by Kadija Kamara was released on Soul Heaven Records. Written by Neil, Kadija and Mike Patto (Reel People) this cutting edge soulful house track received huge support from DJs worldwide.
In 2013 Neil and Ziggy launched Rhemi Music
In May 2013 Neil and Ziggy launched Rhemi Music. Their first release (a remix of a the classic “call on me “ by Fanatix reached number number 2 on the singles chart on traxsource and from there it’s snowballed like crazy. In just a few years they have had countless Number 1 hits including the club anthems “Diamond”, ‘Mask Off” ‘Back to the one” and ‘Shake Your Body Down”, and they have remixed for Joey Negro, Dj Spen, Louie Vega and Sandy Rivera to name but a few. Rhemi also released their first compilation on Dj Spen’s Quantize Recordings.
🎶 NEW MUSIC – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY QUANTIZE X
🎶 DECADENCE – CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF QUANTIZE RECORDINGS
The label says: “With the party balloons & champagne on standby, Quantize Recordings heads into our 10th year anniversary with no sign of slowing down. Milestone years in any label’s history make for the perfect opportunity to open the archives & relive some of the tracks that you connected with most. So who better to offer a trip down Quantize memory lane by picking some of his favorite Quantize releases (to date) than label boss DJ Spen! We hope you enjoy these 10 classics with a new DJ Spen twist. Cheers to 10 years!”
🎶 RECOMMENDED MIX – LEIGH HOWLETT
London-based DJ Leigh Howlett got hooked on to House music listening to DJ’s such as Bobby & Steve and Paul Trouble Anderson, spending many a day trawling through vinyl in his local record shop. “Influence I would say I love the deeper soulful side of House music M.A.W and Frankie Knuckles have been a big influence on me and more recently producers like Mark Francis & Jihad Muhammad and not forgetting the UK Rhemi and Sean McCabe are smashing it at the moment.” Leigh has weekly radioshow on House FM.
🎶 RECOMMENDED RADIOSHOWS
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