House music legend Timmy Regisford has done his thing for more than 25 years. He has worked with people like Stevie Wonder, Blaze, Eric B & Rakim, Diana Ross – just to name a few. Besides being a DJ and producer, he’s also been A&R director, club host and broadcaster.
Last year he released a successful dance floor oriented album ‘At The Club’. This year Timmy Regisford is taking things to the soulful side with a release on Tribe Records. ‘Covers’ is an album inspired by songs which Timmy loves. On the album you’ll find him reinventing the rhythms and creating soulfully deep house structures for 15 vocal and instrumental tracks.
With this album his goal was to seek out fresh, talented singers and to do so he did what producers looking for great soulful voices have always done: he went back to church. Plenty of churches. “You find new artists in every church you go to”, he grins talking to Traxsource News. Most of these singers are ‘less well-known’ than the superstar names he’s worked with in the past, but what he wanted was singers with talent and ability, and gospel choirs are blessed with those qualities in abundance.
For the album Timmy Regisford has chosen to recreate songs made famous by artists who may rarely inspired people to cut loose to their tunes, let alone jack all night long. ‘Every Word’, originally perfomed by Sade; Phil Collins’ ‘Against All Odds’; ‘Shape of My Heart’ by Sting and Corinne Bailey Rae’s ‘Sometimes’ ft Tiger Wilson, are among the tracks he has covered.
The album also includes original songs, such as the first single, ‘Shining’, which was written and performed by renowned producer Mike City aka Mikey Dance, while instrumental tracks like ‘Tim Groove’ and the deeply, darkly dynamic ‘Crack It Up’ are not built around songs at all – ‘Covers’ is an album of many parts.