30 years as a full-time touring nightclub DJ sounds like one hell of a career, and for Kenny Summit it’s as much of a milestone as it is a turning point. Having shared the stage with greats such as David Byrne, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, George Michael, Kylie Minogue and Prince over the years, Kenny took that influence and inspiration and decided it was time for him to get behind the mic too.
‘Burnin’ is a song written, produced and performed by Kenny Summit that speaks on a desire that’s been burning inside of him for three decades. Across those 30 years he’s made many an influential friend too, three of which come on board to remix ‘Burnin’ – the late great Paul Johnson, D&B icon DJ Aphrodite and Brooklyn legend DJ Spinna.
“I caught the fever for house in 1990 and by 1992 I was booked for my first DJ gig at New Jersey’s famed Zanzibar nightclub where house legend Tony Humphries held court on a weekly basis. Something changed that night, a fire started and its been building, growing inside of me and now it’s time to put paper to pen and write my own songs.”
Clearly influenced by the artists Kenny’s worked with over the years, ‘Burnin’ is a culmination of one man’s journey through dance music; from the Nile Rogers-ish 70s guitar riff to the whining Steely Dan-like keys, to the lush strings and synth pop stabs that would make Moroder blush, the track itself is masterfully produced and punctuated with Kenny’s unique uplifting vocals, sang in a manner as if David Byrne and Boz Scaggs were put together and yet still very uniquely Kenny Summit.
Up on remix duties the late great Paul Johnson, Chicago’s shining star, serves up a dark, very much after house vibe, that still keeps that trademark Paul Johnson sound. Drum & Bass icon DJ Aphrodite applies his unique sound to ‘Burnin’ with a stellar remix the D&B community has been patiently waiting over three years for. And finally, long-time friend, Brooklyn’s DJ Spinna steps up, who after hearing the track commented ‘this needs a dope DUB! Leave it to me, imma hook you up bruh!’. The Discoelectric Dub does not disappoint.
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