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Thursday, Apr 10 2014 | 15:31
Image: 1587233 Fab Samperi returns with a new album Power Bossa Remixed a flesh blend of Latin, HipHop, Funk and Swing.

Do you remember when sometimes only a few vinyl white labels existed of a monster tune? You couldn’t
get hold of them in your record shop and there was no world wide net to download it. Then the digital age
took over and it became easy to exchange cool sounds. Everybody could edit everything, it got very
boring and the days of the remix seemed to be over. Now Fab Samperi comes along with “Power Bossa
Remixed”, the remix version of his debut album “Power Bossa”. Sicily’s most prolific producer presents a
breathless mixture Rhythm & Blues, Latin, Drum’n’Bass, HipHop and Soul rarely heard since the glory
days of the rare vinyl white label and brings the fun back into the remix culture.
For Fab Samperi it was a natural choice not stick to just one style. „I grew up surrounded by music. While
my father was a jazz lover, my older brother Rob was the one who introduced me to a wide array of
genres since i was little. Funk, Rock’n’Roll, Acid Jazz, HipHop, this is what you would find in his record
collection. When I was about eight he was one of the first and most respected DJs in southern Italy. Rob
was also a drummer and he taught me how to play when I was 10.“ Musical education didn’t stop here for
Fab Samperi. „At music school I learned how to read and write music. I studied the flute for five years
before I was getting more and more into Rock music. So I bought an electric guitar and started my own
band, later I taught myself to play piano.“
“Power Bossa Remixed” starts with “Listen Up”, speeded up by forward thinking and globe travel-ling
Canadian DJ Stickybuds. “I’ve been working with him for some time now,” says Samperi. “We were
checking edits for our live sets. They are definitely a big part of the fun. When you’re DJing you definitely
want to have fun. You gotta get into it, you know, to connect to the crowd. But at the same time you’re the
DJ and your job is to bring the good music to the party, and most importantly, the hype! So I am really
happy that Stickybuds and me have an official release and it perfectly kicks off this album.” Mo’ Horizons
add some Brazilian Drum’n’Bass beats to “Stand Back”, transforming the tune in something new. The
result is astounding. “We actually met a few times in Hannover, Catania and shared the same stage in
Groningen. We also share the same feelings about music and are friends since their debut came out.”
Skeewiff, a pioneer in his field, keeps the ball rolling with a dancefloor jazz version of “Stand Back”: “I love
his remixes, he has an unmistakable style. And they are always bestsellers!” Bringing in Northern English
funk & soul institution Smoove (from Smoove & Turrell) with musicians Andy Champion and Mike Porter
felt naturally for Fab Samperi and came really easy: “We played at the jazz festival in Groningen and
spent the next day together, but I've been knowing him through the internet for many years now. These
guys are so real, funny and down to earth. Besides, I'm a big fan we just had to exchange mixes.”
“With CMC & Silenta I share the same love for Big Beat and Soul music. I still remember we had a
nice chat about music and philosophy when they were in Catania. They are top blokes! Sly Players is
Slim of the Good Groove label himself, he was one first people who released my tunes. Ursula 1000 is
always one of my favourite choices when it comes down to remixes,” Fab Samperi recalls about the other
contributors. Jean-Marc Preisler aka JFB, meanwhile, is a DMC champion and celebrated remix artist.
Adding spices to „Everyman“ featuring the mighty John Turrell is beat expert Timewarp Inc from Greece,
as is Basement Freaks who recently moved to Hamburg / Germany, another sure-shot candidate for
„Power Bossa Remixed“. „We played the Ghetto Funk stage at the Sunrise Festival in the UK. George is
such a great and honest guy, we simply had to arrange mixes for each other.“ DJ Love from Dallas/USA
makes a welcome appearance and describes the essence of a perfect remix scenario in his own words. „I
am a true-school hip-hop head and DJ who absolutely loves breaks, electronic and just good music. Plain
and simpl
A Fab Samperi remix album would never be a complete without The Captain. „Oh yes, The Captain! A
friend of mine and me, we have this special slang. When a person is really cool and stylish in what he
does, this guy is a Captain for us. So when I started doing remixes, my friend liked them so much,
suddenly I was The Captain,“ Fab Samperi explains. “Some people say that I invented a new style called
‘Power Bossa’, a blend of Latin, HipHop, Funk and Swing. Of course it is nice to get that kind
of credit, but I obviously don’t take it too seriously. As you know, there’s no such thing as a single
person making a new musical genre. Every style, old or new, builds on the past.” With “Power Bossa
Remixed”, Fab Samperi shows his respect for this past and its musical innovators - and, being The
Captain, he does it in style!”

Tracklisting CD:
01. Listen Up feat. Jonnathan Molina (Stickybuds Remix)
02. Stand Back feat. Bella Wagner (Mo'Horizons Restyle)
03. Jazz Di Mezzaluna (Smoove Remix)
04. Stand Back feat. Bella Wagner (Skeewiff Remix)
05. Listen Up feat. Jonnathan Molina (JFB Remix)
06. Heaven Sent feat. John Turrell (Basement Freaks Remix)
07. Listen Up feat. Jonnathan Molina (DJ Love Remix)
08. In The River (CMC & Silenta Remix)
09. Alcoholic Drinks (The Captain Remix)
10. In The River (Ursula 1000 Remix)
11. BB Funk (Sly Players Remix)
12. Everyman feat. John Turrell (Timewarp Inc Remix)
13. Prophets Before Profits feat. Atypical (Bonus Track)
14. Smoove & Turrell - Hard Work (Fab Samperi Remix)
15. The Soul Session - Soul Desire (Fab Samperi Remix)
16. Jazz Di Mezzaluna (Smoove Instrumental Remix) Available from 21.03.2014
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