Gabriel Rene is a soul brother born with music in his blood.
Wildly prolific and endlessly eccentric, Gabriel Rene has been turning out tracks with the effortless ease that comes from growing up with music as more than an accessory, but rather with music as your reality. Rene´s grandfather was a jazz musician in New Orleans in the early 1900s, and his father was a combo jazz musician in the 1960s, so there is a fair amount of nature to this producer´s nurture.
Although he´s been producing tracks in one form or another for over ten years it wasn´t until his band Soulstice fell into major label limbo that he was really able to fully develop the many sides of his solo career. Coming strong under any of four different monikers Gabe does so to protect the interpretations of the works he puts out there "Almost nobody does this broad a range of music, I´m doing hip hop, trip hop, breakbeat, house, drum n´ bass and soul." And in an age where electronic music is constantly growing to the point of extreme categorical prejudice, some schizophrenia makes perfect sense. It keeps the tag attached to the product from encouraging prejudice by the skeptics.
His latest contribution to his solo musical canon, "Don´t you Cry" resonates in a deeply sincere way, and moves with the purpose of the most serious of house tracks. "Old World jazz meets new school sensibility" as he puts it. Flaunting the timeless vocals of Nicole Weisberg the melody floats over the rolling waters of a Latin house rhythm bed, bordered on each side by a touch of gospel and a touch of soul.
Gabriel Rene does not seem to have to try to turn out the tracks. It´s more like they fall out of him with the readiness of perfectly ripened fruit. Must be nice.
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