A hero of Japanese dance music and co-founder of the DJ & production duo Kyoto Jazz Massive, Shuya Okino is an extremely influential figure in pioneering club jazz fusion at home in Japan and beyond.
This release includes his full-length original version of 'Still In Love', (a cover of disco powerhouse Rose Royce), plus a remix from DJ Spen and a brand new re-work by Alaia & Gallo. The original mix is a glorious eight minute track that has a grooving nu-disco sound complete with soaring strings and a real 'live' instrumental effect, breaking down into a jazz cadenza that puts Navasha Daya's uplifting soul vocals to work. Alaia & Gallo stormed onto Soul Heaven with 'Who Is He?' in April, a track that has made it to bona fide summer hit status with its smooth, deep and soulful vibe. They have a similar take on 'Still In Love', translating the nu-disco record into a track that could do some damage on the dancefloor alongside other main-room tracks. The legendary DJ Spen's remix discovers the lower edges of the track, swapping out the instrumental sound for more of a deep-rooted house feel.
'Still In Love' is a gem for lovers of nu-disco through to deep house, exploring the versatility of a truly great record, with some very well-conceived re-works.
Shuya Okino featuring Navasha Daya 'Still In Love'
1. Still In Love (Alaia & Gallo Remix)
2. Still In Love
3. Still In Love' (DJ Spen Remix Long Version)
Written by Michael Nash & Kenneth Copeland
Produced by Shuya Okino
Arranged by Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive) & Kenichi Ikeda (ROOT SOUL)
Vocals by Navasha Daya
Vocal Arrangement & Engineer by James Collins
Drums by Nobuaki Fujii (Masa Sextet)
Drum Programming, Bass & Guitar by Kenichi Ikeda (ROOT SOUL)
Piano by Shota Hishiyama
Calavinet & Synth by Pirahnahead
Strings Arranged & Conducted by Pirahnahead
Strings Recorded at The Disc, Detroit by Greg Reilly & Randy Lynch
Strings Contractor: John Madison
Violins by Marla Smith, Velda Kelly, Alice Sauro, Molly Hughes, Beth Kirton, Constance Markwick, Melody Wooton & Dan Stachyra
Violas by John Madison, James Greer, James VanValkenburg & Leslie DeShazor
Cellos by Diane Bredesen, Sarah Cleveland & Judith Vander Weg
Harp by Christa Grix
Recorded (Drums & Piano) at Studio Dede
Recording Engineer (Drums & Piano) by Shinya Matsushita
Mixed by Toni Economides
Mastered by Tom Coyne
Licensed from Extra Freedom Ltd
Track 1 Remix Produced, Arranged & Mixed by Elia Alaia & Aurelio Gallo at Music Factory Studio, Sant'Antimo (Na), Italy
Track 3 Remixed by DJ Spen
Published by May Twelth Music / Warner Chappell & Copyright Control
Track 1 P&C 2016 Defected Records Limited under exclusive license from Especial Records
Track 2 & 3 P&C 2011 Defected Records Limited under exclusive license from Especial Records