SMI featuring Shea Soul
‘Just Fine’
(incl. David Harness & Jihad Muhammad ‘Bang The Drum’ Remixes)
Makin Moves (UK)

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Summer 2012 saw the birth of a brand new events promotion company in London, ‘Makin’ Moves’. With already a host of successful parties under their belt, head honcho Matt Langrish-Smith and wing-man Jamesey make the next move and launch their exciting new record label for the brand. The first single to rumble out of their studios is a gorgeous soulful outing from North London producer SMI featuring the unmistakable voice of  Shea Soul titled ‘Just Fine’. Shea’s heartfelt voice glides through the song like a hot knife to ice cream over SMI’s soundtrack of afrocentric beats and emotional melancholic piano. Also appearing on the release are San Francisco top dog DJ/producer, David Harness, who works up a hypnotic groove for the floor; and New Jersey soulful maestro, Jihad Muhammad, delivers a four to the floor ‘Bang The Drum Mix’ adding in some fancy key work and lush sweeping strings.

A relatively new kid on the block, Leon Vandol, aka SMI has his heart first and foremost in his music. Based in North London this young talent has already worked with Donaeo and G Frsh (signed to Tiny Tempah’s label), as well as developing some new fresh soulful talent himself. A big fan of Shea Soul, Leon approached her on Facebook and they went on to link in the studio to record their first collaboration ‘Just Fine’.

Shea Soul is the exciting new future-soul-jazz singer from Croydon, UK. The Brit School graduate has gained a reputation within the scene with her distinctive voice and ability to pen strong hooks and melodies. A chance hook-up led to her being asked to vocal a track with legendary dance producer Matt ‘MJ’ Cole. Her first official foray into songwriting resulted in the dance floor smash, ‘Never Say Never’. Now firmly established on the UK underground, Shea Soul was well and truly in demand as a songwriter and featured artist, working with a slew of the UK’s most credible underground producers, from Toddla T, Joey Negro, Shy FX, Donaeo, Swindle, Phil Asher, Zed Bias and Simbad. A session with Attacca Pesante spawned the biggest underground hit:  ’Make it Funky’, written and performed by Shea, became one of the founding hits of the UK Funky scene. Her track ‘Perfectly’ with The Layabouts was also a huge club smash. As well as top line writing for dance producers, Shea is currently working on her debut solo album which is due for release in 2013. Her debut solo single ‘Where Did You Go’ is a uniquely British sounding slice of jazz-infused street-soul -the perfect tease for her album.

“Makin’ Moves isn’t just any old record label and events company. We’re looking to do a lot of unique events this year including all day terrace parties, a monthly club residency party and exciting co-promoted events, both here and abroad. We’re looking to use our events to build and expose a fantastic repertoire of new artists on the label.” - Matt L-S

1. Original Mix
2. David Harness Youself Remix
3. David Harness Youself Instrumental
4. David Harness Youself Alternative Remix
5. David Harness Youself Alternative Instrumental
6. David Harness Radio Edit
7. Bang The Drum Remix
8. Bang The Drum Instrumental

You can catch the Makin’ Moves Radio Show every Saturday on from 6-8pm (GMT) with Matt, Jamesey and Jihad on rotation.

‘Just Fine’ will be released on Traxsource Promo October 8th / Full release on all other digital stores on November 2nd 2012 on Makin Moves (UK)


MAKIN001 – SMI ft Shea Soul (Original Mix)

MAKIN001 – SMI ft Shea Soul – Just Fine (David Harness Yoself Remix)

MAKIN001 – Just Fine (Jihad Muhammad Bang The Drum Remix)