VINYL ONLY RELEASE!!!
Ralph Lawson and Carl Finlow co-founded the 2020Vision label in 1994 and were responsible for producing most of the early output of the label. As the label grew so did demand for the duo as a production team. They started 2020Vision remix and embarked on creating a significant body of work. Their best loved mixes became a series of remixes for classic New York act Blaze which included 'Funky People', 'Wishing you Were Here' and of course 'Lovelee Dae'. 'Lovelee Dae' stands out as a unique production and is still played regularly today by Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano. It is listed as one of the all time top 100 classic house records ever. The 2020 studio was home for Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Stacey Pullen, Alton Miller and many more when they visited the UK. Lawson & Finlow co-created the much-loved 'Chuggles' series of records with Chez Damier for Prescription Underground at the studio in Leeds. They went on to produce music for Arthur Baker, Telex, Felix da Housecat, Shawn Christopher, Josh Wink, Jori Hulkonnen, Soldiers Of Twilight and Swag among many others.
In 2002 the partnership faded as Carl Finlow moved to Paris. Over in France Carl pursued his solo project Random Factor while Lawson threw himself into his live band 2020Soundsystem. Exactly 10 years later they have decided to make music again together. Ralph Lawson describes it this way -
"It was basically down to being in the right time and place again. We never made music or took remixes unless we were really feeling them. When the artist Freak Seven came along I instantly thought of Carl as they come from similar roots - purist Detroit electro and techno soul. When I heard 'We Bring The Music" I asked the artist Nav for the parts and immediately got a drum track together on my machines and worked out the vocal arrangement. I sent the finished dub to Carl and just told him to do his thing. He sent me back his live keyboard takes in a day. As soon as I heard them I was overcome. I got goose pimples and a tear came to my eye. It was if 10 years had been 10 minutes. We were instantly transported back to the original 2020Vision studio together but we hadn't even been in the same room."
Their first release for 10 years is extremely special to both the duo and the label. We are going back to our roots but with music designed for right here and right now. We have decided to make this release vinyl only, not as a fashion statement, but because that is how a 2020Vision record originally started its life. We decided to start again from the beginning and see where it leads. The remix can be compared to their classic work while aiming firmly at a modern dancefloor. Anif Akinola's vocals are layered and cut up around Lawson's tight drum workout while Finlow adds ever-moving synth soundscapes, gritty analogue undercurrents and moments of beauty. We have made 10 test pressings for DJs we love and respect. You are one of them.
'We bring the music, to take your soul, so move your body from out the cold'
Published: 22nd March 2012