Suges & Nadine ~ Falling In Love Again

I’m pleased to announce my first original production in three years!

If you’re a real fan, throw us a couple bucks here:

Buy Suges & Nadine ~ Falling In Love Again on Traxsource

(and thanks to everyone who’s bought it thus far; seriously: thank you)

Or listen to it on Apple Music? We get paid a bit for that:

Suges & Nadine ~ Falling In Love Again on Apple Music

(There used to be some YouTube videos of this I was linking to but looks like they all got taken down.)

Writing and execution

I’ve been wanting to work with Nadine for a long time. Seems like this highly talented singer has worked with damn near everyone in Toronto except the Northern Lord of the Deep?!?! Hahah. I’m playing; we’re good friends going back years.

I had the production on the song specifically for her done for some time, but I was blocked on the lyrics. So this song is unique in it’s my first original that I actually co-wrote with the vocalist! Quite pleased with the results; we stuck to the “book” motif consistently without, I think, stretching it too far just to stay in theme.

Suges & Nadine working out vocal harmonies

Nadine insisted we record this in a real studio, which normally–at least when it comes to house music–I’m against, since the profit margin on these releases is so low. What I didn’t realize was how much cheaper studio time’s gotten over the years, and how much just being in the studio environment adds to the vibe and emotions of everyone involved, resulting in a much better vocal delivery and heightened creativity to develop things (such as vocal harmonies and maybe even new lyrics) on the fly.

Lance working the console at Imprint Music

Production notes

This particular production was composed in Reason and finished in Logic. I used Reason for the drums (Kong), the two Rhodes’ (Radical Keys), the piano (Radical Piano), the quasi-vocal pad (Predator), the bassline (Antidote), the secondary synth-horn (PX7), and the secondary pads (Parsec).

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Look at that rack!

Rounding out the production with outboard gear, the synth-flute was provided by a Moog Little Phatty, the arpeggiator pattern played on an Arturia Minibrute, and the main silky, smarmy, synth-horn type thing (that follows Nadine’s melody on the pre-choruses) brought to you by the Novation Bass Station II.

All the stems were bounced out of Reason and imported into Logic so I could use my Universal Audio plugins to finish up the mix, sweetening it and warming it up a bit with some Neve EQ and Ampex tape action.

Working with Harley & Muscle again

It was nice to work with the label I started on again. We haven’t done records together in years! They were supportive of the project, gave good feedback, and didn’t waste any time getting the record out to the people.

Suges & Deon Nathan ~ Midnight Woman

Charted four times and included in Traxsource’s Soulful Essential 20, this was mine and Deon Nathan‘s second production together where we tried to push our R&B+deep house sound forward in a new direction. Also with very special guest drum programming by the 6ix’s own Guerilla Science crew! Available on Traxsource, Apple Music, or right here:

Sacha ~ I Can't Pretend (Suges Remix)

Strangely one of the few remixes I did that actually hit here at home in the six instead of elsewhere; I may never know why! Could be the fine people of Toronto like their music to the point and stripped down, and this is one of my barest productions ever: mainly just drums and a Rhodes. Some very thin synths and acoustic guitar here and there to smooth things over. And really, any producer worth his weight knows to get out of the way when you’ve got vocals by Toronto’s Singer of Singers, Miss Sacha Williamson. This remix was released separately from the rest of them all by itself, but sadly isn’t available anymore anywhere except this YouTube video I found here.

I also found this video of Sacha singing an acoustic version of it live!

Suges & Yoliswa ~ Like The Sun In The Sky

My second record for Soulstream Records was a full vocal with then-new singer Miss Yoliswa Chisholm. Making heavy layered, lush use of the Alesis Ion (my VA synth at the time before the real analogs were acquired), this release was bolstered by killer remixes from Jon Cutler and Martino working together.

Pick it up at Traxsource or on Apple Music.