To Be Free

A 2 track disco single (15m 52s) — released February 22nd 2019 on Lovemonk

Essential double-A sided twelve inch release that sees the welcome return of Casbah 73 in exultant, soul-charged form.

Recorded live in the studio with an excellent cast of musicians, it kicks off with 'To Be Free', a joyful disco number that oozes raw authenticity. The very talented Angela Gooden's sultry vocals ride a rich groove, anchored by a heavyweight rhythm section and featuring a sparkling string section.

Over on the flip-side, 'Doing Our Own Thing' is an exuberant instrumental jazz-funk boogie cut showing off a killer horn section to full effect. Nine minutes of peak-time euphoria that is over way too soon.

Classic in spirit yet modern in feel, this release is guaranteed to set any dance floor alight and is a more than worthy successor to last year's 'Love Saves The Day'. One of last year's hottest disco joints, well, it turns out that Casbah 73 was just warming up!

All through the nineties, revered digger/vinyl dealer Oli Stewart aka Casbah 73 trawled across America leaving no warehouse standing in his quest for the rare and the downright elusive. His knack for discovering, or bringing to light many an unknown classic, meant his reputation with DJs and producers around the globe was legendary.

New decade, new millennium and, once considering his musical education complete, Oli relocated from the UK to Madrid, his extensive vinyl collection in tow, in order to set up a studio and redirect his energies into the world of music production. The sound of Casbah 73 was born and his early efforts bore fruit in the shape of two enthusiastically welcomed 12" singles, 'The Way I Am' and 'Cabo Verde Strut' that found immediate favour on the scene both near and afar, followed by two albums and a string of releases employing the language of soul, jazz, disco, Chicago house and contemporary electronic sounds. Most recently, his clubbier, more electronic forays led him to create an alter ego – Freamon – whose just-released sophomore 12" is currently making waves among the Berlin techno set' and provides a means of fully expressing his wide variety of influences and diverse sounds.

His DJ sets give you a true sense of who Casbah 73 is: a DJ who lives and breathes music, making full use of his encyclopaedic knowledge to combine the new and the old with a signature eclecticism that comes naturally. Fun, fresh, passionate, always unpredictable and with a style all his own, combined with a strong sense of intuition for the dance floor, forged in a decades-long career behind the decks.

this is smoking! - Craig Charles 6Music

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