You know those Bimbo Jones guys are quite a special duo. Not only do they consistently turn out top notch productions and remixes as a team, but as individuals they are great producers in their own right. Marc JB enlists venerable clubland diva Angie Brown (“Rockin’ for Myself,” “I’m Gonna Get You,” “Eat You Up”) for “Free Ur Soul,” a nearly perfect blending of classic piano house and modern electro. Starting off with a funky groove, the track builds in energy before dropping down to a dreamy piano line. Angie comes in singing the uplifting ‘Music is Happiness” as the spacey effects filter through, leading to an epic build and explosion into a full-on funky house track. Kudos to Marc for keeping a handclap going during the whole dropout so that clubbers don’t lose a sense of the beat (and get scared off the dance floor). What makes this track special is that it is energetic and uplifting without being aggressive or over-the-top. It has the sense of the classic happy house of the ’90s with a modern, almost timeless, feel. I could see myself playing this in the future without it sounding dated. A plethora of remixes by Van Hej, Max Jackson, Ku Ka Chu, w4x, and Subt3k take the track deep, electro, and dirty funky – so there is a flavor for just about every DJ out there. I will stick with the original, which is perfect for primetime and end of the night as well as tea dances and pool parties when the weather warms up.
Bimbo Jones, the team of Lee Dagger and Marc JB, are probably best known for their consistent output of top flight vocal remixes for artists like Lady Gaga, Pink, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and Kylie Minogue. What you might not know is that the two started as songwriters and producers signed to 19 Management. In addition to their remixes, they are launching three record labels with a new artist album set for release. I caught up with them during Amsterdam Dance Event to catch up with them about all they have going on.
RS: Congratulations on the Kristine W record, how did that come about? Lee Dagger: It came about last year when we finally got to meet Kristine in Miami. Marc and I had wanted to meet her for years. We have always been a big fan of “Feel What You Want” from back in the day, which is an amazing house record. When we met her, she invited us to go stay at her ranch any time. I was shocked and when we took a trip to the states, we went and stayed on the ranch. Marc and I took one of our tracks that we were really passionate about that had a real strong backing track and sat down and wrote it with her. It was an amazing experience and we gelled really well together. She is a great girl. Marc JB: She is very talented; she is not just the dance artist that you see in all the PR. She is an accomplished jazz vocalist and saxophonist, a very technical, clever and creative girl. Lee Dagger: Yeah, she is great on the sax. Continue reading INTERVIEW: Bimbo Jones (2013)
The swing house craze has been responsible for some of the most lively and fun novelty dance records over the past few years: “No Speak Americano,” “Tarantella” and the recent “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”. Next up is “Make Those People Sway,” the signature record from legendary English bandleader and radio dj Jack Jackson and his orchestra. In the hands of Marc JB (from Bimbo Jones), this mashup of classic swing, modern swing house and hints of modern tribal fits together perfectly. It was obviously a labor of love as Jack Jackson is actually Marc JB’s grandfather. Footage of modern and retro styles of dance are also mashed together for its video clip which is definitely worth a view. Could this one create the next viral dance sensation?