The full EP's out on Traxsource on Thursday, with a full release to follow on 21 May
Today's exclusive track premiere finds us in soulful house territory, as iDJ brings you the first chance to hear the Classic Mix of DJ Vivona ft Monique Bingham's Over Him, Under Him. The EP's out on Vivona's own Sunclock label this Thursday (7 May) via Traxsource Promo, with a full release on 21 May.
Hailing from Sicily, DJ Vivona – or Luca Vivona, to use his real name – has been a stalwart of Italy's ever-strong soulful house scene for some years now. Sunclock has now racked up an impressive 120 releases, and he's worked with some of the scene's most revered vocalists including Joi Cardwell and Lisa Shaw. He's also provided remixes for the likes of Kerri Chandler, Mood II Swing, Barbara Tucker and Dennis Ferrer, while Gene Farris, Joeski and Eric Kupper are among those who've returned the favour.
As for Ms Bingham, her name should need no introduction to soulful house lovers by now: the list of producers she's worked with is long and includes the likes of Louie Vega, Kerri Chandler, Black Coffee, John 'Jellybean' Benitez, Karizma, Todd Terry and, perhaps most notably Ralf GUM. It's her work with the latter, in particular, that's seen her become a genuine A-list star in South Africa – a country that, like Italy, is known for its long-standing love affair with house music's more soulful side.
And now the two join forces on Over Him, Under Him, a trad-style soulful house groover that sees Ms Bingham's trademark jazzual vocal stylings complemented perfectly by Vivona's rolling beats. There are six mixes on the EP, ranging from 'deep' to 'peaktime', but the rub we're presenting today is the more overtly Afro-flavoured Classic Mix, which features trumpet work that, dare we say it, isn't unreminiscent of another of her previous high-profile collaborators – the late, great South African hornsman Hugh Masekela.
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