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CITI019
ARTIST
RONALD BURRELL
TITLE
IT'S A BOY
LABEL
Citi Records
CATALOGUE
CITI019
FORMAT
12"
RELEASE DATE
    2014/12/08
TERRITORY
WORLDWIDE
GENRE
ALL ARTISTS
MISC
NEVER PREVIOUSLY RELEASED
DESCRIPTION

Ronald Burrell's reputation as deep house royalty has long been solidified throughout the years having released on many legendary labels since the late 80's including Nervous, Nu-Groove, Strictly Rhythm & many more. Working both solo and alongside his brother Rheji his output has always caught the interest and ears of dance music aficionados world-wide with a heady mixture of Gospel, Soul / R&B, Jazz, & Garage heavily informing his sound.

Surprising as it is, "It's A Boy" was never released, only ever existing as a test pressing! The 4 track EP takes in all the musical influences listed above and flips them into some seriously deep territory. Opener "Journey" is an epic jam punctuated by an 808 cowbell, beautiful pads, strings and Ronald's voice asking us to join him on a journey through our own minds. Second cut "Feelin Jazzy" picks up the pace a little, a stripped back rhythm blessed with some choice, chopped up Jazz samples and vocal stabs keeps things moving in the right direction. Over on side-B we are treated to the deepest groove of "Bedtime Story", which has all the trademarks of a classic Burrell production, soulful vocals, melodies and crisp drum programming. Closing track "The Crib" rounds things with off with a stomping church inspired organ groove, an up-lifting end to the EP.

As mentioned above, this is the very first time this underground House classic has ever been released! This record is a real collectors piece and has commanded collectors prices on-line in the past, a real rarity. It has been re-mastered and re-pressed in conjunction with Ronald Burrell from his original DAT tapes and all original label artwork has been preserved.

Published: November 20, 2014