Pretty Chief Records and The Mange Le Funk Collective are back with another high quality house music single featuring the sweet soulful voice of the amazing Anna-Marie Johnson. The finest soulful house label on England’s southern coast, Pretty Chief Records has been going strength-to-strength with releases from the core label family of Suff Sakoor (AKA DJ Suff) and Maurice Bird (AKA Beathaven) who, together, form Mange Le Funk. Anna-Marie Johnson — lead vocalist for Drizabone Soul Family and the hot single “Tranform” on Rhemi Music — has returned to the label to lend her voice magic to Suff Sakoor’s “Need The Funk”, the latest Pretty Chief release.
The single launches with a remix from another member of the Pretty Chief family, Richie Blax. His version is an uplifting vocal soiree, incorporating UK garage-inspired beats, funky disco flavors, and melancholic undertones. DJ Suff then lends his own potent re-rub, the SS Old Skool Ivory Mix. It’s a veritable soul shakedown, featuring sweet, sultry orchestral strings, quirky piano licks, funky guitar, and the emotive vocal from Anna-Marie. The single closes with Maurice Bird’s Beathaven Remix which introduces a touch of funky tech. This mix has an essence of early ‘90s dub house, Latin-tinged percussive beats, and a deep, resonating body-shaking bass line. “Need The Funk” is the soulful business!
Lenny Fontana (Ministry of Sound) – “The Richie Blax Mix is a real classic.”
Craig Stewart (DCSTrax) – “All mixes are very strong. Superb dance music, brilliant.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House Web Zine) – “Smooth and soulful summery vibes.”
DJ Craig C (Peace Bisquit) – “Sexy track with a great vocal!”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95) – “The piano stamped SS Old Skool Ivory Mix is the one here, with it’s hypnotic bassline, bongos, cool summer vibes all over.”
Richie Roberts (The Dance Factory / BBC) – “This is absolutely wonderful … tracks like this don’t come around every day.”
Alan Powell (The Midnight Mix on Solar Radio) – “Very nice tune. One for the peak time slots.”
Curtiss Logan (Jersey Soul) – “Very nice release. I like the Beathaven mix, it has good energy. Good job on this one.”
DJ ARCH (Pressure Radio) – “Lovely deep, soulful house. Great production and nice vocals.”
Jonny Layton (The Saturday Soulmine) – “This track has got the FUNK! Love it.”
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX) – “Outstanding Soulful, bumping House right here from Suff Sakoor. Classy vocal from Anna-Marie. Difficult to pick a favorite mix, they all work so well. Supporting for sure!”