MdCL & GB "POWER TO THE PEOPLE" 7-INCH
MdCL (Mark de Clive-Lowe) & GB (Gifted & Blessed)
“POWER TO THE PEOPLE”
"Power to the People is about activism through art. Music certainly doesn’t have to be angry, loud or noisy to embody the spirit of progress, freedom and unity - sometimes it’s the quiet ones that resonate the most. For my part, the mixtape selection is all about music with undeniable essence and substance that goes hand in hand with great artistry and reflecting the human spirit. Taking the past and recontextualizing it to the present - keeping it all timeless. On the 7” we’ve paid homage to two iconic titans of jazz - Charlie Parker and Joe Henderson - the former remixed by me and the latter reworked from scratch with an original GB interpretation. Kick back, relax and enjoy!"
- Mark de Clive-Lowe (Mashibeats/CHURCH)
MARK de CLIVE-LOWE BIO:
(MdCL) is one of the most innovative producers and live performers you will find anywhere.
Anchored by the duality of his Japanese and New Zealander parentage and ignited by a love of playing piano at the age of four, it is no wonder this multi-national phenom has seen his explosive natural gifts blaze across the globe from NZ to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Cuba and South Africa. Whether you call him artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, DJ, or selecta, titles are impartial to Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL). Many try to classify this impressively fertile music journey, yet to identify with only one label belies the heavy scope of the ride. The piano set the course, the keyboard is the vehicle, and with the drum machine as the fuel, the relentless skill of MdCL is underscored by a rare sonic sensibility. He's an accomplished musician, originally sowing his oats in straight-ahead jazz, before taking the music far beyond.
A devastating live performer, the MdCL experience is marked by impromptu studio production created on stage from scratch, using drum machines, keyboards and effects. The end result: live remixes birthed on stage for each and every gig. With bold chops like this, to call him "prolific" is an understatement, having contributed to over 250 releases and being a first-call collaborator for a wide range of artists, including Jill Scott, Jody Watley, Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye/Michael Jackson/Maxwell), DJ Spinna, Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand/Chaka Khan), amongst a slew of others.
Based in LA for the past 7 years after a decade entrenched in the cultural epicenter of London's broken beat scene, MdCL leads his live band with his party CHURCH (also the name of his latest album); performs solo live electronic sets for the dancefloor; educates with masterclasses and workshops; and collaborates with a broad range of artists and creatives.
Melding the beat-making and technology with musicianship and tradition, MdCL's potential is beyond convention. He's one who takes it all on the road like no one else, with a solid fan base that bridges cities as far reaching as LA, NYC, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo and Sydney.
"(the) avant-garde soulful Pianist/DJ/Producer delivers his lifetime of journeys to different musical ports in a concise package, seamlessly... transporting not just in genre but in emotion and spirit." - Huffington Post (USA)
"...a timely reminder that some of the greatest producers, in line with the likes of Quincy and Stepney, are also musicians with chops as well as smart adventurers in sound." - Echoes Magazine (UK)
"an underground phenom..." – Okayplayer (USA)
Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker is a composer and sound artist who is best known for his electronic works of widely varying styles. He has released records through his own label, Gifted & Blessed, as well as with several others including Wild Oats, Eglo, All City and Sound In Color.
In his late teens, Gabriel began releasing records using his GB moniker. These recordings are considered to be an important link in the beginnings of the Los Angeles beat movement, which was fueled largely in its inception by the work of GB and several other artists then releasing music with the Sound In Color label in Los Angeles. After releasing a critically-acclaimed first album, Soundtrack for Sunrise (2004), Gabe grew restless with his approach to music and decided to explore different realms of sound and to revisit aspects of creating sound which he had only gleaned by then. The next few years were a period of intense study for Gabe, mainly in the areas of MIDI composition and analog synthesis. This is reflekted in the works he has released since, which range often drastically in style and exhibit the breadth of his learning process. He calls these varying sounds by the umbrella term "technoindigenous studies," a bridging of the technological with the ancestral in his music.
He is most known in the dance music community for the records he has released under his monikers GB, Gifted & Blessed, and The Abstract Eye, as each of which has released several records that have somewhat become cult classics. Check his discography.
Gabe has done collaborative work as producer, remixer and musician with a wide host of artists, ranging from Flora Purim and Airto to Spacek, J*DaVeY, Little Dragon, Baatin and many others.
In live performance, Gabe has been known to demonstrate a wide variety of processes with his full analog synthesizer and drum machine rig. At times he has been known to host sound meditations. Other times he's known for his unique recreations of his own dancefloor pieces, something like a recital at which one cannot help but to move with the music and go within. He's also been known to play DJ sets of his own works (often unreleased and lesser known pieces) for people in clubs around Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
MdCL & GB "Power To The People" 7-inch, Side A: Temptation (MdCL RMX)
MdCL & GB "Power To The People" 7-inch, Side B: GB "Black Narcissus"