‘Almost 30’ is the intriguingly titled new album from Trinidad-born TIMMY REGISFORD – one of New York’s best known soulful house DJs and producers. His CV includes A&R exec jobs with labels like MCA, Motown and Atlantic while in the ’90s he created the Club Shelter party nights which grew into a worldwide brand and most recently he been the musical brains behind one of the Big Apple’s most successful dance clubs Areacode. His own albums include ‘At The Club’ on Tribe Records and ‘7 PM’ on DJ Spen’s Quantize label.
His people tell us that the title of the new collection, ‘Almost 30’ celebrates the 30th year of those famed Club Shelter party nights and the music – a mix of Timmy’s signature earthy grooves, percussive vibes and afrocentric and soulful flavours – takes us straight to party central. Helping our man deliver is a cohort of tried and tested collaborators … Tiger Wilson and Felicia Graham from NYC and South African songbird, Toshi. The new kid of the Regisford block is South Africa’s Soul Star, who lends his smooth and exotic tones to the album’s first single, ‘Khale’- a perfect summation of the Regisford vibe.
Focus cut for the properly soulful is the cover of Womack and Womack’s ‘Strange And Funny’. The 1985 tune is given a respectful and groove-heavy makeover with Tiger Wilson and Felicia Graham standing in for Linda and Cecil.