Since the dawn of the 1990s, Windy City collective The Blak Beatniks has been representing the more soulful side of the Chicago house spectrum. Now the Big Ed-fronted outfit is making its first appearance on Good Vibrations Music via the smiling musical positivity of ‘The Right Place’.
Over the last three decades, Harold ‘Big Ed’ Matthews and his Blak Beatniks collective have released celebrated singles on a wide variety of notable record labels, including Large Music, Clubhouse Records, PAN, Vibe Music and his own Melodious Recordings imprint.
‘The Right Place’ sees the long-serving songwriter, vocalist and producer hook up with producer Sean McCabe, who first worked with Big Ed on the 2007 BBN single, ‘Free To Be Free’. The Transatlantic duo have collaborated on numerous occasions since, with Big Ed appearing a number of times on McCabe’s Z Records-released 2014 debut album ‘It’s Time’.
In its’ ‘Main Vocal Mix’ form, ‘The Right Place’ is a wonderfully breezy and rolling chunk of soulful house. The lead singer Tori Blak, provides a sumptuous rendition of Big Ed’s positive, life-affirming lyrics over a backing track rich in addictive electric piano riffs and chunky, New Jersey-influenced drums.
McCabe emphasizes his own warm, analogue-sounding synth bassline on the accompanying Deepa Vocal, adding dreamy pads and a shuffling drum track that offers subtle nods towards Latin rhythms whilst sustaining the four-to-the-floor bump of classic house. There’s also a seductive, slowly building Deepa Reprise version and a chunky, spacey and groovy revision from Mathews and McCabe under their alternative aliases. One of the highlights of a strong package, the Aitch Em & Mackabee Dub sounds like it was tailor made for early morning dancefloors.
The expansive package also includes alternate instrumental versions of each of the mixes. It all adds up to a particularly memorable outing from one of Chicago house’s most distinctive musical voices.
|Booker T||Wicked vibes, love it will support!|
|CJ Mackintosh||Loving Sean Main Vocal Mix & Aitch Em & Mackabee Dub|
|Colin Curtis||Sean McCabe Main Vocal – Wham Bam Thank You !! Quality Beans Right There !|
|Danvers||Great package – Really loving the deepa instrumental, will play out for sure|
|Darryl James||Wonderful melodic vocals and production|
|Deli-G||Great to see BBN back on track, it’s all about the deepa vocal for me on this joint.|
|DJ Able||Best release I’ve heard in a while full support!|
|DJ Pope||Entire package is hottt|
|Groove Assassin||Super hott pack right here !!|
|Irfan Rainy||Very solid !|
|Kai Alce||Great to hear from Blak Beat Niks. Been a min, but worth the wait!|
|Lem Springsteen||Good Vibration again delivers a Powerful song with a powerful lyrical message! I’m feeling all the mixes, the original, the Deepa vox mix, Aitch EM & Mackabee mixes. If I had to pick a favorite, that would be “Sean McCabe’s Deepa Vocal)|
|Luis Radio||Great package|
|Mad Mats||Lush 😀|
|Marcia Carr||Those chords are mesmerising on the Deepa Vocal – will be supporting this sultry BBN winning single!|
|Mr V||All mixes for me THANKS.|
|Nick Power||Nice n Smooth track. Great pack. Support coming on my return back to UK!|
|Patrick Wilson||Sean’s Deepa Mix!!!! SMOKIN!!!!!|
|QB Smith||Daisy fresh!|
|Raj Selli||the deepa mixes are doin it for me..nice warm and edgey ..perfect for the heads..!|
|Ricky Morrison||Beautiful piece of music!|
|Taz Golden||I am loving this, thank you sean!|
|Tee Harris||More McCabe magic. Vocal niceness over a wicked groove that bumps along and rises in all the right places. A guaranteed Sound Table favourite.|
|Tony Griffin||Great mixes with useful instrumentals and a particular mention for Sean’s Deepa Reprise….top package!!!|
|Vinny Da Vinci||KILLER PACKAGE!!!|
|Zepherin Saint||Another hit from the Good Vibrations camp. Love the lyrics and a good all round package. Sean’s Deepa vocal and the Aitch Em & Mackabee dub bangs for me!|
Written and produced by Harold ‘Big Ed’ Matthews and Sean McCabe
Vocals by Tori Blak, Symone and Big Ed
Mixed by Sean McCabe
Mastered by Clinton McCreery on behalf of Toni Economides Music