dimanche 9 septembre 2007

Love To Infinity : 15 years of Classic Paradise

Thankful to one of my favourite pop blog http://poptrashaddicts.blogspot.com/, I have learned on this anniversary day of mine that one of my beloved production/remix team will be celebrating this year their 15 years in the music industry by relaunching their career with none other than one of the most underrated diva in the UK : Kelly Llorenna is Love To Infinity's new vocalist.
And they're coming back with a new recorded version of their 1995 anthem "Keep love together"!

First, who are Love To Infinity ?
I can't believe one dares to ask this question... It is the UK most talented and successful remix team on the commercial uplifting house & dance/trance sides of the club planet!
Want some proof?
Easier than ABC : I just got to list worldwide artists who've chosen to place their hits in Andy & Pete Lee's hands :
3SL, 911, 98°, Abbacadabra, Ace Of Base, Adeva, Alizée, All Saints, Alsou, Anastacia, Anna Vissi, Aqua, Aretha Franklin, Ashanti, Ashley Jade, Atomic Kitten, Aurora, Baby D, Bananarama, Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé Knowles, Black Box, Boxcar, Boyzone, Canto, Carole Laure, Cartoons, Celine Dion, Cher, Cheryl Lynn, Christina Aguilera, CoCo Lee, Code Red, D:ream, Damage, Daytona, Deja Vu, DeLacy, Delta Goodrem, Desoto, DeVox, Diana King, Diana Ross, DJ Bobo, Double Exposure, Easy Street, Emilia, Erasure, Espresso, Esprit, Eurogroove, Faith Hill, First Choice feat. Rochelle Fleming, George Michael, Georgie Porgie, Gifted feat. Denise Gordon, Gina G, Gloria Estefan, Gloria Gaynor, Gloworm, Grace Jones, Hannah Jones, Harlan, Hear'Say, Honeyz, Ilene Barnes, Indigo, Jacksons 5, Jaki Graham, Janet Jackson, Javine, Jennifer Holliday, Jessica Simpson, Jo Breezer, Joose, Judy Cheeks, Kahal & Kahal, Karaja, KD Lang, Kenny Thomas, Kerri-Ann, Kuva feat. Beverly Skeete, Kym Sims, Las Ketchup, LeAnn Rimes, LFO, Lighthouse Family, Lightning Seeds, Lisa Scott-Lee, Loleatta Holloway, Louise, LoveHappy, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary Griffin, Maryanna Matiss, Masai, Matt Goss, Matthew Marsden, Melanie Williams, Michael Jackson, Michelle Lawson, MN8, Mozaic, Music Relief, MyTown, Nassa feat. Charlotte Day, Nootropic feat. Ruth Campbell, Pasadenas, Patricia Kaas, Pet Shop Boys, Phil Bailey, Puff Johnson, Pulp, Rachel Stevens, R.D.A., Reba McEntire, Re-Joice, Robbie Williams, Rockmelons, Roger, Rosie Ribbons, Rowetta, Rozalla, Sacred Spirit, Sarah Washington, Sarah Whatmore, Sean Maguire, Shania Twain, She Moves, Simply Red, Sirens, S'N'G, Soko, Spandau Ballet, Stephen Gately, Stereopol feat. Nevada Cato, Steve Balsamo, Strict Instructor, Sub Sub, Sunshine Anderson, Supersister, Sweet Mercy, Sybil, Tabu feat. Mitzi B, Tak Tix, Take That, Taylor Dayne, Texas, The Full Monthy All Stars feat. TJ Davis, The Other Two, The Similou, The Who, Thunderbugs, Tina Arena, Tony Di Bart, Tyson, Undercover, Urban Cookie Collective, Vittesse, Whitney Houston, Will Smith, Willa Ford, Workin' Happily feat. Melanie Murial, Zomkiat... The list is endless!

Truth is that under their different aliases, Love To Infinity, then Soda Club and M*A*S*H, the Lee Brothers (the family includes Dave "Mr. Joey Negro" too) have been since 1992 always in demand remixers. They have released several self-made club hits too :
First, "Keep love together", "Pray for love", "Someday" & "No apology" from 1995 to 1998 under the Love To Infinity artist name and along with Louise Bailey then Loleatta Holloway as vocalists, plus a japanese double CD release named after their trademark remix theme "Classic Paradise".

Then, back in 2002 till 2004 under new alias Soda Club, "Take my breath away", "Heaven is a place on earth", "Keep love together" (again), "Venus", and "Ain't no love, ain't no use", with blondies Hannah Alethea, Andrea Anatola & Ashley Jade, as well as releasing a whole new album "Anthem Alert" featuring more vocal talents by Gina G (of Eurovision famous "Ooh aah... Just a little bit")and Charlotte Day (which was featured on the Love To infinity comeback single of 2005, CeCe Peniston's cover version "Finally").

From the beginning, as the remix team labelled LTI to new concept Soda Club (more trancey) and then M*A*S*H, or as self-artist, they have never deceived me (except for one or two less dance-able, more R&B remixes for Will Smith, Michael Jackson & Gloria Estefan) and I've always followed them with passion, collecting the singles that featured their remixes!

Here would be my Top10 Remix tunes of them :
01 Diana King "I say a little prayer (LTI classic radio edit)"
02 Gloria Estefan "Everlasting love (LTI Classic Paradise radio mix)"
03 Judy Cheeks "As long as you're good to me (LTI original production)"
04 Lisa Scott-Lee "Lately (Soda Club radio mix)"

05 M*A*S*H feat. Stacy D "I touch myself (LTI radio mix)" (before High Street Honeys covered this 1991 Divinyl song to 34 in the UK charts of 2007)
06 Sybil "When I'm good and ready (LTI stratoradio mix)" (their remix even topped the original Stock & Waterman production and that comes from a die-hard Stock/Aitken/Waterman fan!)
07 Atomic Kitten "Someone like me (Soda Club radio edit)"
08 Kenny Thomas "When I think of you (LTI radio edit)"
09 Puff Johnson "Over and over (LTI stratomaster radio edit)"
10 Supersister "Summer gonna come again (LTI radio edit)"

So now they're back!
And their latest vocalist is none other than ex N-Trance "Set you free" diva, Kelly Llorenna.

Times have been hard for Kelly since she charted high worldwide along her mates of N-Trance with hits like "Set you free", "D.I.S.C.O.", "Forever"... She decided to go solo in 2002 (with help from AATW label mates Flip & Fill) and rocketed to 7 with "True love never dies" then the 9 Taylor Dayne's cover "Tell it to my heart" followed by "Heart of Gold" (19), her album "All clubbed up" and Donna Summer's SAW anthem "This time I know it's for real" (14) in 2004.

Then things got worse when less dance but instant pop hit "Nobody like you" didn't get released and then her fabulous rendition of the METRO written Lara Fabian's song "I will love again" only got to 105...

But now she had re-recorded with Love To Infinity their all-time classic "Keep love together" as well as a cover of 1995 Joe T.Vannelli "Sweetest day of May" in pure LTI classic paradise style and an album is on the way!
Put your hands up in the air, clap your hands in rhythm and move your feet to the rhythm of the Love To Infinity beat!
THEY'RE BACK!! ...and I'm in cheese heaven .
They were along with Loveland my favourite Handbag/commercial house act of 1994/1995 and I miss this kind of refreshing happy sing-along party house numbers you can't help but sing along to while nodding your head in rhythm.

If you want to listen to their brand new tunes, get yourself here :
or here : http://www.myspace.com/classiclovetoinfinity
and if you want to know more on them, check these fan sites (that haven't been updated for some while but that is worth checkin' out anyway) : http://www.freewebs.com/sodaclub4u/index.htm

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