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Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend (DZeta N’ Basile & Claire Ripley Mixes) [1Trax]

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Back in 1991, Robert Owens was the name on everyone’s lips. From New York clubs and warehouse mash-ups to London underground parties and acid raves; everyone looked up to Robert as the man responsible for one of the most seminal House records of all time. Now thanks to 1trax the release has been exhumed, re-mastered, and is available to download digitally for the first time on the very year of its 20th Anniversary. Going head-to-head with one of the most prolific House producers of all time, the first package released in May saw remixes from producer prodigies of the now – Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, Gadi Mizrahi (one-half of wolf + lamb), Matt Tolfrey & Inxec. Continuing along these lines, part 2 of the package features more fresh slants on Robert’s original from Italian duo DZeta N’ Basile, and from Claire Ripley. Both mixes are already enjoying repeated radio plays ahead of the Summer release, with major DJ support already commonplace across the world. I’ll Be Your Friend features the sultry vocals of Robert Owens, wildly regarded as the voice of house music. The track promptly caught the attention of every key DJ/Producer of our time and has remained one of House Music’s most influential pieces compositions. Integral to the developing house scene in the mid-Eighties, Robert gained notoriety by singing on a number of underground club tracks. Famed for breathing life and soul into house music, Robert has added his own distinct dimension to a number of tracks of late including ‘Silence’ on 1trax and ‘Greater Love’ on MN2S.
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