The follow up to his 2017 album, Produced With Love II is a collection of brand new songs from one of the UK’s most longstanding, respected and fiercely independent artists. In a flash-in-the-pan industry like music, Dave Lee’s career is notable for both its longevity and consistency. As a record producer and remixer, DJ and curator, he’s now clocked up well over 30 years and, if such things existed, would be nailed on for a carriage clock for long service to add to the numerous hits and landmarks he’s enjoyed over a storied career.
His latest album, Produced With Love II, continues the work he started with 2017’s superb collection. Incorporating aspects of house, soul and disco and crafted with the attention to detail you’d expect from someone of Lee’s heritage and calibre, Produced With Love II comprises 12 brand new songs and will arrive in June 2022.
The writing process has always remained the same and Dave has always preferred to work face-to-face with artists whenever possible – albeit with a few enforced remote sessions due to the pandemic. Released as the lead single from the album in April, Starlight sees Lee team up with Omar: a former principal percussionist of the Kent Youth Orchestra and later a graduate of the Guildhall School Of Music who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to music. Starlight is a gorgeous, mid-tempo dance record, with Omar’s silky vocals backed up with rich production: soaring live strings, groove-laden clav and synth over a chugging bassline creating a heady, inviting atmosphere.
It’s an almost viscerally life-affirming record: a theme that continues throughout the entire album. Take a track like ‘If You Ever Need Somebody feat. Tiffany T’zelle', or ‘Taste My Love' with vocals from the aforementioned Billy Valentine. These songs would stand toe-to-toe with any soul standard from the 70s or 80s: to have production this rich and bold in 2022 isn’t far short of miraculous. And that’s what you get throughout Produced With Love II – an attention to detail and level of creative collaboration rarely seen. It’s why a Dave Lee album is a rare thing. These things take time, but when they do come along, it’s something worth treasuring
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says:
Modern supremo Dave Lee refuses to retire from his console; rolling out another jam packed and unmissable selection of disco, boogie, soul and house - all new productions and featuring a wealth of talent old and new. Don't need to tell you how collectable this series is do I?!
1. Raw Essence Feat Lifford “Do It Again”
2 .Mistura Feat Tiffany T’zelle “If You Ever Need Somebody”
3. Dave & Omar “Starlight”
4. Dave & Maurissa “Look At The Stars”
5. Dave Lee Feat Billy Valentine “Taste My Love”
6. Mistura Feat Jemini “Want Me Back”
7. The Sunburst Band “Magnificent Mango”
8. Foreal People Feat Xan Blacq “Raise A Blaze”
9. The Sunburst Band Feat Angela Johnson “Face The Love”
10. Dave Lee Feat Billy Valentine “Power Of The Mind” (Power Trip Mix)
11. Jayenne Feat. Gina Carey – “Love Walked In The Room”
12. The Sunburst Band “Let’s Do It In Style”
1. Leroy Burgess – “One Plus One” (Dave Lee Extended Mix)
2. Kokomo – “Use Your Imagination” (Dave Lee Re Imagined Mix)
3. Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (Dave Lee Philly World Mix)
4. Str4ta “After The Rain” (Dave Lee Alternative II Mix)
5. Destiny II “Play 2 Win” (Dave Lee Destination Boogie Mix)
6. Sunburst Band Feat Wayne Hernandez “Listen Love” (Dave Lee Jazz Funk Renaissance Mix)
7. Prospect Park “Shake It Up Tonight” (Dave Lee Disco Re Shake)
8. The Vison Feat Andreya Triana “Mountains” (Dave Lee Live And Direct Extended Mix)
9. Roland Wrightangle Feat Darcus “In Your Blood” (Dave Lee Funk In Your Blood Mix)
10. Ja’Shay “Shout Hallelujah” (Dave Lee Redemption Mix)
A1. Dave & Omar – Starlight
A2. Jayenne Feat. Gina Carey - Love Walked In The Room
B1. Foreal People Feat. Xan Blacq - Raise A Blaze.
B2. Mistura Feat. Jemini - Want Me Back
C1 Dave Lee Feat. Billy Valentine - Taste My Love
C2 Mistura Feat. Tiffany T'Zelle - If You Ever Need Somebody
C3 The Sunburst Band Feat. Angela Johnson - Face The Love.
D1 Raw Essence Feat. Lifford - Do It Again
D2 Dave Lee Feat. Billy Valentine - Power Of The Mind (Power Trip Mix)
D3 The Sunburst Band - Let's Do It In Style
E1 Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Don't Leave Me This Way (Dave Lee Philly World Mix)
F1 Kokomo - Use Your Imagination (Dave Lee Re-Imagined Mix)