Mtume & Lucas Special
Here we go again, Kirk’s back on it. This time the Sound Obsession authority gives it up for legendary r&b funkateers Mtume and Lucas. While both, bandleader, percussionist and name patron James Mtume and Reggie Lucas started out under the wings of Miles Davis during his fusion phase, their own Mtume outfit released six critically acclaimed albums, and produced songs for the likes of Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack or Donny Hathaway. After decades of serving hit after hit, most notably the sampled-to-death Juicy Fruit and You, Me And He, both individually stayed on the production tip, helping out artists like Madonna (Lucas) or Roy Ayers and Bar-Kays (Mtume). Apart from that, James Mtume also branched out to become a well-respected radio personality on Kiss FM. Kirk gives us a guided tour through their vast body of work.
London United Kingdom
Kirk puts your favourite musical heroes’ discographies to the acid test. It’s time for legendary funk and soul production duo Mtume & Lucas.
In a career spanning over two decades, _(artist-name)Kirk Degiorgio_ has earned the tag of ‘the producers producer’. From his humble beginnings in 1983 as an electro DJ to his As One productions for Clear, Mo’ Wax and Ubiquity, Degiorgio has remained true to his love of everything soulful, edgy and funky. Inspired by a vinyl buying visit to Chicago and Detroit in 1990 Kirk sold all his records and put together ART Studios in the model of those he saw at Transmat and Metroplex. Kirk fused his vision of the Detroit sound with funk and jazz influences resulting in a succession of projects under the names _(artist-name)Future/Past_, _(artist-name)As One_, _(artist-name)Offworld_, _(artist-name)Esoterik_, _(artist-name)Elegy_ and _(artist-name)Super-A-Loof_, as well as his actual name for his purist techno releases on the New Religion label. He has remixed artists as varied as _(artist-name)Azymuth_, _(artist-name)Coldcut_, _(artist-name)4 Hero_, _(artist-name)Innerzone Orchestra_, _(artist-name)Papo Vasquez_ and many more. His collaborations include work with visionaries like _(artist-name)Ian O'Brien_, _(artist-name)Tony Allen_, _(artist-name)Carl Craig_, and _(artist-name)Paul Randolph_. From 1992 until 1997 Kirk’s ART/OpArt labels released important early productions from _(artist-name)B12_, _(artist-name)Carl Craig_, _(artist-name)Aphex Twin_, _(artist-name)The Black Dog_, _(artist-name)Photek_ and others. Kirk has also worked as producer, writer, and backing singer for the band _(artist-name)The Beauty Room_.