Listen to a funky new version of Where Love Lives by Brooklyn Funk Essentials and Alison Limerick
Picture by Richard Ahlstrom
Alison Limerick’s debut single “Where Love Lives” is, to this day, considered one of the best dance tracks in history. Twenty-eight years after its initial release, it’s still on heavy rotation by top DJs in clubs around the world.
‘Where Love Lives’ was written and produced by Lati Kronlund, who soon after the tracks first release, left London and settled in New York where he started Brooklyn Funk Essentials together with legendary producer Arthur Baker and a selection of the city’s best young musicians, singers, poets and DJs.
As things do, a full circle was completed in 2016, when Alison Limerick joined Brooklyn Funk Essentials on stage in London for a funky rendition of “Where Love Lives”. The fun, the magic, and the crowd appreciation made the next step easy to divine. Alison joins Brooklyn Funk Essentials as their new lead singer.
June 15 sees the international release of Brooklyn Funk Essentials’ recording of ‘Where Love Lives’ with Ms Limerick on lead vocals, via Dorado Records. The band is currently in Stockholm, where they’ve gathered to record their sixth studio album. A tentative date for this full length has been placed for early 2019.
“It’s a funky version, played all live in the studio by the band, it is almost a live tribute to the Frankie Knuckles and Dave Morales remix of the song from the early nineties, but also to the Philly disco and Chicago house sound that was the song’s original inspiration” – Lati Kronlund, on the re-recording of “Where Love Lives”.
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As a third generation of clubbers and party goers get down to its uplifting lyrics and that infectious piano riff, calling “Where Love Lives” a classic is almost an understatement. It was a US #3 upon release in ‘91, UK Top 10 single upon its re-release in 1996 and was voted “Best Dance Single of All Time” by MixMag Magazine the same year.
In BBC Radio 2’s Listeners & DJ’s Poll “The Greatest Ever Dance Record” (2008), ‘Where Love Lives’ came in at #5 after Michael Jackson’s ‘Billy Jean’, James Brown’s ‘Sex Machine’, Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ and Derrick May’s ‘Strings Of Life’.
Brooklyn Funk Essentials line-up 2018:
Anna Brooks – Sax and vocals
Desmond Foster – Guitar and vocals
Lati Kronlund – Bass
Alison Limerick – Vocals
Hux Flux Nettermalm – Drums
Iwan VanHetten – Trumpet, keyboards and vocals
Brooklyn Funk Essentials Shows Summer 2018
June 29 – Paris, France, New Morning
June 30 – Rhoon (Rotterdam) Netherlands, Muziek Op Rhoon Festival
July 19 – London, UK, The Jazz Café
July 21 – Vitoria, Spain, Festival de Jazz de Vittoria (w. Cool & The Gang)
July 24 – Tabarka, Tunisia, Tabarka Jazz Festival
August 4 – Strasbourg, France, Au Grès du Jazz Festival (w. Earth Wind & Fire)
August 11 – Marciac, France, Jazz au Marciac Festival