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To Be Free

by Casbah 73

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To Be Free 06:42
Sometimes, when I'm asleep, I dream of failure. But then, when I'm awake, I think of success, And what it means to me The rest of the time, I do what I can, and manage expectations. And they don't know, uh-huh What it means to be free, To be free and doin our own thing. And life, your life, is just a moment So be free, just be free, yeah be free And do your own thing. Yeah we got high, high, high expectations, Sometimes it's all we got, But our pride is worth a lot. And they don't know, uh-huh What it means to be free, To be free and doin our own thing. And some days, I get angry Oh time, slips by, you know the feeling. Time to step up, quit pretending, Be defiant, playtime's ending. Long as I wake with that desire Burns me up and sets my soul on fire. And they don't know, uh-huh What it means to be free, To be free and doin our own thing. Just do it right, your life And believe, yes believe, you believe In doin your own thing Yeah we got high, high, high expectations, Sometimes it's all we got, But our pride is worth a lot. And they don't know, uh-huh What it means to be free, To be free and doin our own thing.
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Essential double-A sided twelve inch release that sees the welcome return of Casbah 73 in exultant, soul-charged form.

Recorded live in the studio with an excellent cast of musicians, it kicks off with ‘To Be Free’, a joyful disco number that oozes raw authenticity. The very talented Angela Gooden's sultry vocals ride a rich groove, anchored by a heavyweight rhythm section and featuring a sparkling string section.

Over on the flip-side, ‘Doing Our Own Thing’ is an exuberant instrumental jazz-funk boogie cut showing off a killer horn section to full effect. Nine minutes of peak-time euphoria that is over way too soon.

Classic in spirit yet modern in feel, this release is guaranteed to set any dance floor alight and is a more than worthy successor to last year’s ‘Love Saves The Day’. One of last year's hottest disco joints, well, it turns out that Casbah 73 was just warming up!

All through the nineties, revered digger/vinyl dealer Oli Stewart aka Casbah 73 trawled across America leaving no warehouse standing in his quest for the rare and the downright elusive. His knack for discovering, or bringing to light many an unknown classic, meant his reputation with DJs and producers around the globe was legendary.

New decade, new millennium and, once considering his musical education complete, Oli relocated from the UK to Madrid, his extensive vinyl collection in tow, in order to set up a studio and redirect his energies into the world of music production. The sound of Casbah 73 was born and his early efforts bore fruit in the shape of two enthusiastically welcomed 12” singles, ‘The Way I Am’ and ‘Cabo Verde Strut’ that found immediate favour on the scene both near and afar, followed by two albums and a string of releases employing the language of soul, jazz, disco, Chicago house and contemporary electronic sounds. Most recently, his clubbier, more electronic forays led him to create an alter ego – Freamon – whose just-released sophomore 12” is currently making waves among the Berlin techno set’ and provides a means of fully expressing his wide variety of influences and diverse sounds.

His DJ sets give you a true sense of who Casbah 73 is: a DJ who lives and breathes music, making full use of his encyclopaedic knowledge to combine the new and the old with a signature eclecticism that comes naturally. Fun, fresh, passionate, always unpredictable and with a style all his own, combined with a strong sense of intuition for the dance floor, forged in a decades-long career behind the decks.

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released February 22, 2019

All music & lyrics written and produced by Oli Stewart
Arrangements, additional keys by Oli Stewart
Vocals: Angela Gooden
Drums: Paul Atkins
Fender Rhodes, clavinet: Chavi Ontoria
Guitar: José Funko
Bass: Mr King
Percussion: Iván Ruiz López
Mixing: Iván Dominguez
Strings arrangement: Jose "Jas" Álvarez
Strings director: Carlos Martín
Horns arranged by Josué Garcia
Other chores and duties: Señorlobo
Mastering: Damian Schwartz
Lyrics written and conceived at 100 Little Mounties, Santa Barbara

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