I’m starting to really get pumped for Alix Alvarez on Friday. If you’re not familiar, the SOLE channel label is a crucial player in carrying on the sound of NYC deep house. Alix’s production is mad versatile, but no matter if he comes tracky, dubby, melodic or full vocal its ALWAYS deep. What stands out in my mind as some of his finest is the work he’s done with vocalist Arnold Jarvis.
Arnold Jarvis – Rising Into Joy
I remember discovering “Rising Into Joy” (Black Vinyl Records, 2002) when was in London working as an intern for MN2S. Jon Cutler had put it on one of his promo mixes for the agency that I just could not get out of my discman. So soulful, it became an instant classic. Jay-J did a remix a year or two later, but for me its all about the original.
Later in 2005, once SOLE Channel music was officially up and running (this happened in 2004), Alix release Arnold Jarvis’ “Take Good Care (Of Me)“. I can’t tell if this was already one of Jarvis’ tunes or if this was written for the SOLE Channel release. Discogs makes it look like its also a remix… Guess I’ll find out on Friday! Vocal is super vibey and timeless, Big up to DJ Bruno who put this on one of his Utopia mixes that year. Dub mix is also DOPE, you can really hear that signature SOLE Channel dubby sound mixed with the soulful flavors. Word.
Arnold Jarvis – Take Good Care (Of Me) (Sole Channel Vox)
Arnold Jarvis – Take Good Care (Of Me) (Sole Channel Dub)