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#VersesInMotion Digital Features: Chocolate Boy Recordings

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Chocolate Boy Recordings est. 1998

Way back in the early part of 1998, Simon Omer spotted an opportunity in the, “Dance music market” to set up a small independent record label. So with that in mind, in the then sleepy North London suburb of Hoxton, Chocolate Boy Recordings was formed, with the soul mandate of releasing good quality UK Dance music.
Shortly after the label’s conception their first artist, “Hoax”, were signed, a London based duo, who in August of that year delivered their first track to the label, a re-make of the Tom Scott classic from the hit TV series, “Starsky & Hutch”. With only a limited white label promo release, this track was quickly snapped up by a major label, and released later in that year.
After the success of Hoax, a quest was started to find an original unique sound for the label, the genre of “2 Step” garage came to mind. Chocolate Boy signed, Danny Langsman & Steven Meade to the label, aka Shanks & Bigfoot & Doolally, to produce 2 Step garage tracks, this partnership was to signify a massive step forward for the label and for British dance music.
Their first track for the label was, “Straight from the heart”, this up front classic, was miles apart from what was out there, which included ragga horns, a 2 step beat and the vocal talents of Sharon Wolf, which combined to make it a cross-over hit. Reaching No. 9 in the national charts, and giving Chocolate Boy a start in the music industry it could only have wished for.
The duo changed names and started working under the name of, “Shanks & Bigfoot, on their last track for Chocolate Boy, a homage to the label called, “Sweet like chocolate”.
With catchy lyric’s, sing along chorus, and big enough hooks to land a whale, this track was destined to achieve greatness, and to give it that touch of class, a fully animated video for the track was commissioned by the label. It reached number 1 in the national charts, and gave Chocolate Boy even more chart success.
Around that time Loretta Haywood and Steve Swindles, signed to the label, under the name of, “Sacrosanct” they produced 2 tracks for the label, “the Door”, & “Hypnotize”. Both tracks did well in the vinyl market and picked up a few third party licenses.
With the ever changing face of dance music, Chocolate Boy continued to add new artist to its roster, including international act’s as well as its UK based artists. The following years saw release’s from, Loretta Haywood, Suburban State, System Del La Mode, Fuzion, Problem Kids, Amalgamation Of Sound, Romatt, Erik Kupper, Ashley Beedle, Tribe Of Love, Mills & Boom, UK Triumph and Dub Syndicate Incorporated.
All these varied acts showed Chocolate Boy’s broad and open policy of catering for all genres of dance music, as you may expect some tracks did better commercially than others, but Chocolate Boy classed all their releases as a triumphs for the label and for UK dance music scene.

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No doubt Chocolate Boy’s endeavours in the early days paved the way for up and coming artists and independent labels across the land, and showed what could be achieved from a small label, and in some ways took away a little of the dominance the major label had enjoyed over the years.
Chocolate Boy went on to work with Madonna’s label, Maverick and released a cover of The Stranglers Hit” Rock the Casbar”, by “The Solar Twins”. This brought great kudos to the label, and turned a few heads in the industry.
The singles kept churning out until 2003 when owner and founder of Chocolate Boy decided to take a well dissevered break from the UK dance scene, only to be lured back, by his love of it, so now Chocolate Boy is back, with some great new release’s, and new UK talent. Watch this space.
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#AThousandSilentWords

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The sound of silence

Blanket of nullity,
no time,
it invades the space
swallows the voice
suffocates words
crushes the heart.

Soul’s cords vibrate
with no sound.
Only the blowing wind
in the chorus of wing-beats
through bare branches
on a carpet of leaves
of a winter garden

Still
Rigid of ice and frost
enchanted, taciturn
Icy colored flowers.
Sound waves
infiltrated
in a tissue of cries
heart-rending,

Sharp
locked
and through the cold walls
of uncertain times
the sound of silence
screams again.

Il suono del silenzio

La coltre del nulla,
senza tempo
invade lo spazio
ingoia la voce
soffoca le parole
stritola il cuore

Vibrano le corde dell’anima
nessun suono
solo i soffi del vento
in cori di battiti d’ali
tra rami spogli,
su tappeti di foglie
di un giardino d’inverno

Fermo
rigido di gelo e brina
incantato e taciturno
Fiori color ghiaccio,
onde sonore,
infiltrate in un…

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“In that silent castle, through clouds of words and brushes of light, our hearts make a sound…”  by @LauraLME – All rights reserved –

New digital poetry book ~ Work in progress ~

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VIM Digital Features: @KingSt84 presents “Larry Levan Birthday Bash” #London 19/07/2015

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VIM DIGITAL FEATURES: @KingSt84 – A Night In Paradise  Present:

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Larry Levan Birthday Bash

Sunday 19th July 2015

2pm – Midnight

Ministry of Sound

Click here for Special Early Tickets Discount on www.eventcube.io

On Sunday 19thJuly, the capital will play host to the Larry Levan Birthday Bash, a celebration of Levan’s life, legacy and music. This will be the first time the official Birthday tribute event has come to London (it being a staple for all self respecting New York party-goers since the glory days of King Street to the present day).

Fittingly, this will take place at Ministry of Sound, his ‘home from home’ in London, and a place he stayed for three months, playing and producing music and helping tune The Box’s legendary Richard Long sound system back in 1992. Stay tuned for a truly IMPRESSIVE DJ Line Up!!!

Part of the tickets sales for this event will be donated to GMHC 

For more info please contact 

Adam Newsome – info@anightinparadise.org

+44 7554 426047

 

 

We are back!!! @VersesInMotion Radio Show w/ @OfficialAdamski 12th May 2PM EST – 7PM GMT

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VersesInMotion Radio Show is back with Adamski live on Tuesday 12th of May at 7PM GMT/ 2PM EST 

Watch this space for the link to listen online!

Verses In Motion Radio Show VIM radio Show logo aug 2013 is back next Tuesday 12th May at 7PM GMT / 2PM EST on GetYourz Radio TNCFsGzh_400x400

with a very special guest live from our VIM London studios and from GYR NYC headquarters

!!! Adamski !!! 

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We will talk about 3step, waltz, and we’ll listen to some of the tracks from his amazing new album out now on his FutureWaltz label: “Revolt”  

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Verses In Motion Radio show: 

Created, Written and Produced by Laura LME – Hosted by Laura LME, Eric EDubb – Directed by Cecilia Francisquini And Eric EDubb