Since it appeared in stores in the spring of 2018, Sean McCabe and HanLei’s ‘Now Is The Time’ has become a soulful house scene anthem. Now the track has been given a whole new lease of life thanks to a suite of new remixes by Richard Payton of legendary Washington, D.C outfit 95 North.
Since 1993, 95 North has been one of the most prolific and acclaimed artists in the U.S house scene, delivering killer singles for such labels as King Street Sounds, Large Music, Henry Street Music, Strictly Rhythm and Nite Grooves, as well as acclaimed remixes for the likes of Groove Committee, Crystal Waters, Jody Watley, Blak Beat Niks, Stephanie Cook and King Britt’s Sylk 130 project.
With such a wealth of experience, there can be few more qualified to rework ‘Now Is The Time’, a track marked out by the strong and effortlessly soulful vocals of one of house music’s most in-demand duos, Hannah Khemoh and Aleysha Gordon AKA HanLei.
Payton’s 95 North remixes naturally add some headline-grabbing new twists to McCabe’s original production, including fresh instrumentation and insatiable, peak-time ready grooves that recall the best of the outfit’s legendary 1990s productions. First up is the 95 North Club Mix, where Hannah and Aleysha’s sublime vocals simply soar above bumpin’ beats and a backing track rich in jaunty organ stabs, funk-fuelled bass and warm chords that keep the action moving throughout.
Payton next offers up a tough and chunky Hard Dub rich in pumping drums, delay-laden vocal snippets and fizzing synth stabs, before delivering a suitably righteous, organ-heavy Gospel Mix that unchains the track’s inherent soulfulness and puts HanLei’s vocals front and centre. For those that like to great creative with multiple mixes, the digital download package also includes on-point instrumental versions of Payton’s Club and Gospel mixes.
Written by Sean McCabe, Hannah Khemoh and Aleysha Gordon
Vocals and lyrics by Hannah Khemoh and Aleysha Gordon (aka Hanlei)
Remix produced by Richard Payton for 95 North Productions