Jasper Street Co. – Rejoicing
One of the world’s most iconic house labels welcomes Jasper Street Co. for a fantastic new album that features legendary guests like Norma Jean and Byron Stingily, plus remixes from David Morales, Kenny Carpenter and Dimitri From Paris.
Consisting of vocalists Randy Roberts, Vonita White and Richard Burton, as well as super producers Teddy Douglas and DJ Spen – Jasper Street Co. is the premier gospel-oriented house-music group and for almost 25 years now they have injected the scene with some of the most uplifting and emotional music imaginable. Almost their entire career has seen them release on Basement Boys Records but following a single in 2018 they now step out on Nervous with a third full length album that will leave you feeling utterly joyful.
Teddy is one of the founding and core members of The Basement Boys, a monumental production team behind multiple hits including the 1991 gold single “Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee, La Da Da)” – arguably one of the greatest house music productions of all time. The Basement Boys earned maximum respect from the music industry and fans worldwide as they always remained true to the roots of quality house, but still were able to bring that house feeling to productions with pop artists like Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz and Erykah Badu, while still making hits for core dance artists like Ultra Naté and Martha Wash.
DJ Spen also has a storied connection with the Baltimore music world. From his days in the early 80s making mix tapes for local Baltimore radio shows to his experience as a founding member of a group called Numarx that originally recorded “Girl You Know It’s True,” which eventually was a number one worldwide hit for Milli Vanilli, to his eventual work with The Basement Boys, Spen has solidified his position as a major figure in the American House Music Industry.
Things open up with a very special track featuring two vocal icons in Norma Jean and Byron Stingily, and both deliver some of their best work to set a perfect tone for this most richly emotive of records. The rolling ‘My Soul Is A Witness’ is another piano laced vocal cut with real heart, then longtime collaborator DJ Spen links with David Anthony to remix ‘I Wanna Be Happy’ into a bumping house track with choirs delivering rejoiceful choruses and the utterly feel good, authentic and uplifting gospel house vibes continue on ‘Anything’, ‘Oh Give Thanks’ and the standout title track.
Big pianos, crisp drums and the spirit of hallelujah permeates this most timeless and euphoric house album as it plays out through a brilliantly old school remix from the legendary David Morales and big disco vibes from Kenny Carpenter & Dimitri From Paris.
This record very much embodies the heartfelt spirit of real house music and does so in memorable fashion.
Jasper Street Co. ‘Rejoicing’ drops on Nervous on 10th May (vinyl) and 14th June (digital) 2019.
1. Paradise feat. Byron Stingily & Norma Jean
2. Happy Song
3. My Soul Is A Witness
4. Praying For You
5. I Wanna Be Happy
7. Oh Give Thanks
8. Rejoicing (I’ll Never Forget)
9. You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration
10. Smile (David Morales Remix)
11. Reach (Kenny Carpenter & Dimitri From Paris Church Of Disco Mix)