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  • Release Date 2006-05-01
  • Label Papa Records
  • Catalog PAPA031
Papa Records welcome another of our favourite producers to the label as Yam Who? debut with Summertime - their take on the Leroy Burgess produced classic from High Frequency. Featuring vocals from London soul legend Noel McKoy Summertime is a joyful uptempo boogie house hybrid. Laced with organic drums, a hefty dose of key work, silky strings and soulful voices, its guaranteed to induce warm sunny vibes no matter what the temperature is outside.

It was back in early 2003 that Yam Who? Releases first started appearing in the record shops, firstly with their re-work of NDambis Call Me followed closely by the now seminal Reach The Sky, their re-edit of Raphael Saadiqs Skyy, Can You Feel Me. In the past couple of years they have been nothing short of prolific, working with some of the best labels and artists on the underground and commercial black music scene across a variety of musical styles encompassing Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, House, RnB and Broken Beat. In amongst those artists to receive the Yam Who? treatment youll find the likes of Pharrell Williams (Frontin'), Little Brother (Make Me Hot), Alison Crockett (U R & Like Rain), Amp Fiddler (Dreamin), Zero 7 (Somersault), Incognito (Show Me Love), Rodney P (The Nice Up), Bebel Gilberto (Baby) & John Legend (Used To Love You) to name just a few. 2005 saw them release their first original production with a cover of L.A. Boppers Wrap You Up (Ubiquity Records) and this year they plan to release a compilation of their re-works.

The man with the golden voice, Noel McKoy, came to prominence in the 90s as singer, songwriter, band leader and producer with his family band McKoy as well as via his collaborations with Jazz/funk legends The James Taylor Quartet.  His stunning soulful voice has led him to perform with the likes of Nu Colours, Snowboy, Sounds of Blackness, Courtney Pine, Juliet Roberts, Mica Paris and Beverley Knight to name but a few. Noel's collaboration with Yam Who? dont stop here either as they have done one of the mixes on Bluey (Incognito) & Noel's version of Donny Hathaway's classic One Day We'll All Be Free out now on Expansion. Noel also has a track coming out on deVice in collaboration with Richard Salter, a self penned song titled Time. You can catch Noel at the Jazz Cafe throughout April opening for Incognito and in May hosting two nights for the Stevie Wonder Birthday tribute, and his latest album Cut From The Same Cloth is due for release in mid June.   
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