Friday, Dec 02 2005 | 16:32

Large Music kicks off a fresh new series entitled “Get Large”, mixed by dance music superstar Roy Davis, Jr. Six years have passed since Roy has released a full length mixed CD; this latest offering from Large proves to be worth the wait. This masterful mix showcases Roy Davis and his trademark style and solidifies his reputation as one of the world’s elite DJs. Roy’s uncanny ability to program and blend records is legendary and he lets it all go on this one – combining a unique soulful sound with driving, Chicago-style beats.

“Get Large Vol.1” features classic Large Music tracks along with several cuts licensed from other top dance labels such as King Street, Ubiquity, and Philly Soul. Kicking off with a funk anthem entitled “My Soul is Electric”, Roy builds the house energy through the first 30 minutes of the mix. He then steers into a slightly more Afro-Rhythmic direction with the Quentin Harris remix of “Spiritual Life” by Steal Vybe. Roy finishes strong, throwing in some acid house bits with Kerri Chandler’s “Return 2 Acid” and “Set Me Free” by newcomer Chuck Love, before settling the groove with “Sunshine & Twilight”. Brimming with energy and soul, “Get Large Vol.1” is a future classic and “must have” for any passionate dance music enthusiast.

Tracklisting:

01. Roy Davis Jr.- My Soul is Electric
02. Mark Grant – There 4 Me
03. Scott Wozniak – Feelin’ the Music
04. Halo & Mr V – Change (Jask Remix)
05. Andre Harris – Get Down Africa
06. First Choice – Smarty Pants (Redsoul Mix)
07. Steal Vybe – Journey
08. Steal Vybe – Spiritual Life (Quentin Harris Mix)
09. Kerri Chandler – Return 2 Acid
10. Chuck Love – Set Me Free (Festival Mix)
11. Hipp-e & Rob Paine – New Beginnings
12. Roy Davis Jr.- Wonderin’
13. Kerri Chandler – Sunshine and Twilight

Biography:

Added on board of the Chicago house production team Phuture as a replacement for DJ Pierre, Roy Davis, Jr. later followed his mentor to New York and worked at Strictly Rhythm, recording his own singles for Force Inc., Big Big Trax and Power Music.

Originally born in California, Davis moved to Chicago’s south side early in his childhood. After being turned on by legendary acid-house pioneers like Phuture and Lil’ Louis, he became a DJ and began recording as well with his first single, “20 Below,” recorded for the Jack Trax label.

When DJ Pierre began producing for New York-based labels like Jive and Strictly Rhythm during the late ’80s, he decided to leave both Chicago and Phuture. Davis spent a year in New York as well, working A&R and production for Strictly Rhythm before moving back to Chicago and stepping into DJ Pierre’s place. Davis debuted with 1992-93 Phuture singles like “Rise from Your Grave” and “Inside Out,” both of which were recorded for Strictly Rhythm. While Phuture was temporarily on hold in 1994, Davis began concentrating on his own productions again. He released “People from Mars” and “Secret Mission” on Power Music, and released on Large, Big Big Trax, K-Tel, Peacefrog, Bombay, Nice & Smooth, Ubiquity and many other labels as well.

Roy describes the music that he makes as “soul electrica”; soul music mixed with electronics. His style has changed and grown up through the years as he has been going back to his spiritual roots in house music, away from the sound that he once was associated with – Phuture’s acid and wild pitch. The sound he is working on is expanding more on the soulful side combining an unmistakable deep funk sound of Chicago.

The mix compilation Roy Davis, Jr.Get Large Vol.1” (Large) is out on December 2, 2005.

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