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Introducing De'Nate...

In this edition of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter we have something very special for you to experience. It's a brand new album that at first blush you may be inclined to dismiss. However if you do that you will be cheating yourself and possibly your "signifigant other" out of something that is quite rare indeed.

De'Nate is an emerging artist that you will find difficult to classify, but it won't bother you that you were unable to put them into a slot.

We have a review of the album "Reminice" (highly reccomended) along with an internet radio broadcast, hosted by "Funkoverlord" for you here in the Soul-Patrol Newsletter. I'd like you to take a few moments to not only read the album review, but also to take a listen to the music.

Take a listen and let us know what cha think?

Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net



De' Nate' - Reminice on Soul-Patrol Radio. 1 Still Be Strong, 2 So Sexy, 3 Reminisce, 4 Secret Garden...Hosted by THA FUNKOVERLORD (Kevin Amos)

ALBUM REVIEW: Album Review: De'Nate's - Reminisce


ALBUM REVIEW: Album Review: De'Nate's - ReminisceIt's really a shame that people seemingly no longer have the time to actually sit and consume an album in the way that we used to. It used to be that one would go to the store and purchase an album (or perhaps 2-3) and then take the album home. Of course you wouldn't usually play the album right away, you would wait for just the right moment before playing it. You would wait till you had enough time to actually savor the album from end to end as a unified piece of artistic vision, produced by the artist. Then and only then after consuming the entire thing would you feel entitled to pass judgment on their artistic vision. Sometimes you agreed with it and sometimes you didn't. However either way you were always confident that you understood exactly what the vision of the artist was.

De'Nate's debut CD, "Reminisce", is an album that deserves to be listened uninterrupted to from end to end. I had the chance to do exactly that several months ago during a two hour trip in my car. In fact I listened to the album twice. I was traveling with a friend and we had been having one of "those" extended conversations and the album had played twice.

When we got to our destination I asked my friend what he thought of the album and he said; "it's pretty damn good." I said; "it is but you would never know it unless you listen to the whole thing."

Unfortunately "listening to the whole thing", doesn't seem to be an option for many people these days. We live in the age of sound bytes, ringtones and 140 character messages and people just don't have time to "listen to the whole thing." And that is indeed a shame, because in the case of De'Nate's album "Reminisce", for many people they are going to miss out on the very thing that they are looking for.

For me this album offers up an elegance which is defined by it's simplicity. And if you aren't willing to take the time to consume it whole, you will miss out on that elegance.

At first one is tempted to view this album totally out of context because it contains cover versions of two monter songs and your attention will be immediately drawn to the songs "Secret Garden" and "Sweet Dreams." These are two relatively recent songs that aren't usually covered, so the attraction to them will be compelling. However it's a big mistake to listen to them outside of the context of the album because doing so misses the point.

That's because De'Nate's album "Reminisce" isn't an album for the iPod/Ringtone crowd. It's for people who are in love (or want to be in love) and want a piece of art that will grow with them over time in such a manner that allows this to become a soundtrack for their own personal experience of falling in love.

And that's why regardless of your own desire to listen to it outside of it's own context in a search for a hit song or anthem, you just have to listen to the whole thing. That's because if you are willing to take the time to do so, you will discover a finely crafted piece of art that you are going to want to have simply because it's going to grow with you.

The album itself is kinda like a "Chameleon." A single listen will have you convinced that it's an R&B album, another listen will have you convinced that it's a jazz album and yet another listen will have you thinking that it's a pop album. In fact none of the above categories actually matter, because the correct genre is that De'Nate's album "Reminisce" is simply an elegant "love album." And if you are a person who is either in love or wants to be in love, then you will find this album to be essential.


--Bob Davis



De' Nate' - Reminice on Soul-Patrol Radio. 1 Still Be Strong, 2 So Sexy, 3 Reminisce, 4 Secret Garden...Hosted by THA FUNKOVERLORD (Kevin Amos)

BIO: De'Nate


BIO: De'NatePerhaps chance, perhaps fate, whatever the reason may be.....the magic of Deborah Connors, Nate Harasim, and Darren Rahn's collaborative efforts was evident from the start. De'Nate's (pronounced Dee-Nah-Tay) debut release, "Reminisce" is an incredible combination of Soul, R&B and Contemporary Jazz music. Their music touches you emotionally and gives them a sound like no other before.

NuGroove Records President, David Chackler discovered genius keyboardist/producer, Nate Harasim in 2007, after listening to Nate's self produced debut release, Next in Line. Impressed by Nate's unique ability to create memorable, funky rhythms, he believed that Nate could become one of the top artist/producers in the Contemporary Jazz genre. Chackler signed Nate Harasim to NuGroove and began developing his talents. He hooked Nate up with another NuGroove talent, hit-making producer/artist Darren Rahn among others. Thriving in this atmosphere, Nate rose to the challenge, and within a very short time was ready to produce his second CD, entitled Love's Taken Over. During the production of Love's Taken Over, Harasim and Rahn began to develop not only an incredible and unique production relationship, but a true friendship.

During this same period, Chackler had been developing the very talented singer/songwriter Deborah Connors. Deborah was one of the top vocal coaches in Chicago, and had been writing and producing her own music with Chicago based writer, producer and guitar phenomenon, Michael Powell. Deborah, a veteran of the Chicago music scene and had worked at the legendary Chicago Trax Recording Studios with talents such as R Kelly, Ministry's Al Jorgenson, George Harrison, Liz Phair, Trent Reznor, as well as some of the great Chicago House artists such as Farley "Jackmaster Funk" and Joe Smooth, among others. Deborah honed her talents while recording two of her own albums, doing commercials and producing her own dance music album, Midnight Affair. When David Chackler heard the results of her work with Powell, he felt she was ready as a soloist and was just waiting for the perfect partner with whom she could produce and create.

Harasim, who was in the midst of creating his Love's Taken Over album, and was in need of a vocalist with a very unique sound to add to one of his tracks, "Feel the Love." Chackler recommended that Nate connect with Deborah. It was a match made in heaven. "Feel the Love" the first single from Love's Taken Over was the beginning of the new De'Nate' sound.

During the creation of De'Nate's debut CD, "Reminisce", Harasim consulted with Rahn on the production of the music and discovered that there was an incredible synergy within their work together. Darren's addition to the signature sound of De'Nate' was undeniable. However, it wasn't until his recent studio work with the group that it all came together. "This whole thing with me joining the group stemmed from a remix I did for their new single "Sweet Dreams"...One day I'm cutting a few sax tracks for them, then I'm doing a remix for the single, and then suddenly I'm being asked to join the group. It was an honor and a very natural progression - truly meant to be. It wasn't created or contrived, it just happened and things are really taking off now. We've had an amazing response to the album and the new single in the US and internationally as well. I'm excited to join De'Nate' alongside the extremely talented Nate Harasim and Deborah Connors, and I'm thrilled to have the legendary David Chackler and NuGroove Records in our corner. I can't wait to see what happens next," said Rahn.

Darren, responsible for several recent Billboard hits for Contemporary Jazz acts like Dave Koz, Wayman Tisdale and Eric Darius...to name a few, as well as writing and producing several of his own solo albums was a most welcome completion to De'Nate's signature sound.

Their original music is exemplary, their cover songs distinctive and yet their own, never losing touch with the original version. This unique trio brings a soulful and sensuous touch to the listener's ear. With your first listen, they'll draw you in.

http://thenugroove.com/artists/denate/denate.htm


Introducing De'Nate - "Reminice"

Introducing De'Nate - Reminice

A great album of love songs.
Check it out at the following link:
http://thenugroove.com/artists/denate/denate.htm


De' Nate' - Reminice on Soul-Patrol Radio. 1 Still Be Strong, 2 So Sexy, 3 Reminisce, 4 Secret Garden...Hosted by THA FUNKOVERLORD (Kevin Amos)



 

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