- Release Date 2010-11-08
- Label Shaboom
- Catalog SHAB090
It featured a deeply emotional vocal performance by the UK soul and gospel singer Paul Johnson and was written and produced by Mark Bell and Paul Birchall of M People fame. It was quickly licensed by the then chairman of Warner Brothers Music UK Rob Dickens and a new live recording and remixes were created by Mark Blakkat Bell featuring a stunning string arrangement by MFSB legend Larry Gold in Philadelphia.
The new versions were critically acclaimed and received massive support from DJ Harvey, Ashley Beedle and the one and only David Morales, who contacted Mark and asked if he could do his own remix of the track.
The David Morales remixes were given a limited release on Atlantic Records in the USA and later received a full release on Mr Bells North American subsidiary label Shaboom America, where to this day it remains the largest selling release on that imprint.
Fast forward to Summer 2010 and German Wunderkind Manuel Tur was commissioned to put together a selection of his favourite Shaboom cuts and remix anything from the labels back catalogue. Manuel instantly jumped at the chance to rework Totally as the exquisitely prepared multi tracks offered an Aladdins cave of sonic possibilities so rarely available in todays dull process of creating modern dance music. Manuel has taken all the key elements from the multi track tapes, Larry Golds String work, the mind blowing percussion of Karl Van Den Bossche and of course the beautiful vocals of Paul Johnson ,and blended them into a peak time dance record that can only be described as a masterpiece. Its the perfect blend of simplistic tech house big floor bass and drums mixed with beautifully recorded classic disco instrumentation.
Manuels managed to create the right balance of lo-fi unpretentious, underground atmosphere with high camp hi fidelity reminiscent of an epic Sylvester anthem. Manuel has also put together a set of dubs that compliment the main vocal mix perfectly, all based on his main version, but with outhere dub fx and sparse use of the vocals each version containing the amazing magical sonic wall of sound that Manuel has become well known for.
Shaboom Records are very proud to present the first of 2 parts to the Manuel Tur Remixes of Totally.