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Releases / Joseph Junior & MAQman - “No Better Love”

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Joseph Junior & MAQman - No Better Love
GOGO Music delightedly presents the second single of "Joseph Junior & MAQman" following their debut release "I Don't See Love", which was put out to great critical acclaim last year in fall. For their new outing "No Better Love", Joseph and MAQman are complimenting their styles perfectly once more, delivering a lush disco and gospel pollinated House tune. Ralf GUM is doing the remix honours and furthermore teams up with MAQman for a joint remix which completes another choice addition to our catalogue.

UK born singer / songwriter Joseph Junior grew up to the sounds of Anita Baker, George Benson and Fela Kuti and soon started to appreciate Jazz from the likes of Miles, Coltrane and Ella, too. Taking influences from all aforementioned, he managed to create his very own style. Due to his outstanding song-writing skills Joseph made himself a name in the neo-soul scene quickly and some big-dogs recognized him. Hence he was invited to work alongside artists such as Omar, Roachford, Mica Paris, Jocelyn Brown or Gwen McCrae. When he came across Soulful House a few years ago, he fell in love with the genre and since never looked back.

MAQman is a very versatile Neo Soul, Hip-Hop and Soulful House producer, who started out as a keyboarder in various bands in Switzerland where he was born. Playing different styles - from Blues to Funk to Soul to Jazz - he soon toured all over Europe mainly with "The Moonraisers". It can easily be heard that he's a big admirer of all kinds of old-school black music, as his production influence mainly comes from there. He recently relocated to his homeland Vietnam, where he continues to work with well chosen musicians, which help him to ensure that his sound stays organic at any time.

Ralf GUM was lately mainly concentrating on the completion of his highly anticipated 2nd album "Never Leaves You", which will be released in September on GOGO Music. His new long player is beautifully knitted together and features a stunning list of vocalists, to prove his love for real songs and testament the fact that he has stayed true to his roots and well-honed style. In between he found the time to lend his remix skills to the project and added a version that aims straight for dance-floor. In addition and to complete the project Ralf GUM added a fierce, afro influenced beat to a deeper composition of MAQman which marks their first ever joint production.

One may call it mutual luck, fate or inevitable that Joseph Junior & MAQman's path crossed with Germany's first-rate House label GOGO Music. Their first release on the label entitled "I Don't See Love" hit Traxsource's Top Single chart right away at #3, while it received great plaudit in the various media, including a #1 on the Spirit Of House charts for 4 weeks and #1 on Solar Radio Soul Energy House charts for a whole month, too. Chicago's 5 Magazine stated that "they do stand head and shoulders above the rest" and "No Better Love" definitely has all the right ingredients to follow up the success of the debut single.


Tracklist Joseph Junior & MAQman - No Better Love - GOGO 052

1 - MAQman Original Mix 8:02
2 - MAQman Original Instrumental 8:02
3 - Ralf GUM Remix 7:39
4 - Ralf GUM Instrumental 7:39
5 - MAQman meets Ralf GUM Remix 7:07
6 - MAQman meets Ralf GUM Dub 7:07
7 - MAQman meets Ralf GUM Instrumental 7:07


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PRESS REACTIONS AND REVIEWS:


Spirit Of House (Switzerland)
Joseph Junior & MAQman - No Better Love - GOGO 052

In the spotlight!
It has been a while since Joseph Junior and MAQman blessed us with their precious soulful dance music made for eternity (who could forget their unrivaled "I don't see love" released last October), thankfully they are back now with another musical gem. The Disco/Funk infused "No better love" oozes with a masterly orchestration including grand horns, exquisite keys and a fierce funked-up backdrop, not to forget to mention the unmistakable seductive vocals by Joseph Junior. But it doesn't end here as in addition to the marvelous original version there are amazing remixes by Ralf GUM who turns the heat up on his truly soulful yet absolutely spell binding interpretation laced with lush synths, and then for the first time Ralf GUM and MAQman join forces to grace us with a deep afrotastic rendition fueled with heavenly keys. Another definite moment in the history of soulful house music... by Michael Fossati


Magam Groove (Italy)
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GOGO Music is out with another great release by Joseph Junior & MAQman, after the success of their "I Don't See Love". "No Better Love" is the title of this new single on Ralf GUM's Label. This release is another House Music pearl. The "MAQman Original Mix" has a classic 4/4 groove with hot piano melodies and a refined percussive touch till the 2nd minute...when an amazing bassline start turn under the great vocal hook by Joseph Junior. Be careful on the trumpet melodies...can be musically dangerous. Nice synths melodies on the central break. Unmistakable the "Ralf GUM Remix", with his refined groove that brings energy and club sounds and a roly-poly bassline, with some sounds that remind of "Turn Me On", and electro synths. The "MAQman meets Ralf GUM Remix" is a great fusion between their remixes. The percussive sounds of the MAQman Original with 2 particular notes that never leave you until the end, the clubbing mood by Ralf GUM, built a travel mind version with a punching bass in the second part, perfect for the final part of a dj set. In the bag! by Alessio Furia

jjazproject (UK)
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Track of the week!
This week's pick is Joseph Junior & MAQman's latest, "No Better Love" which is due for release on GOGO Music on 12th August. The package includes a total of seven mixes each of which push all the right buttons. by Dean Serafini


Some Joseph Junior & MAQman - No Better Love - DJ reactions:

:: "Oh shit this is incredible! Loving this off!" Grant Nelson (Swing City, UK)

:: "Nice Release! Ralf GUM Remix is the one I will play! Well produced with a nice groove and great Drum on the mix! Thank you." Rocco (Reeltone, France)

:: "Great track and mixes." Robert Owens (UK)

:: "DA RETURN OF Joseph & MAQman on GOGO MUSIC...Simply beautiful...Got my full support." Vinny Da Vinci (House Afrika, South Africa)

:: "All mixes are sounding good especially the MAQman meets Ralf GUM Remix." CJ Mackintosh (Mn2S, UK)

:: "Ralf GUM remix is really cool." Oliver Lazarus (Reelpeople Music, UK)

:: "Loving this track especially the Ralf GUM Remix. Great Job!" Quentin Harris (Shelter, New York, USA)

:: "Ralf GUM Remix is hot!!!" Carlos Mena (Ocha, USA)

:: "Nice man! Ralf GUM remix is top of the pile for me." Richard Earnshaw (Spiritchaser, Duffnote, UK)

:: "Fantastic release. The Original is great for the early doors sets and beach parties - Ralf GUM mix is perfect for the peaktime crowd - and the dub is fire!! All 3 of these mixes will get heavy rotation through out the summer. Full support and will be in my next Traxsource chart for sure." Danny Clark (Solid Ground Recordings)

:: "My heart goes to the Ralf GUM Remix and the MAQman meets Ralf GUM Remix! Perfect for my crowd and radio show! Full support!" DJ Rork (Radio FG, France)

:: "Very cool track indeed - really liking all the mixes on the link..." Russell Pollitt (Prime Dist, UK)

:: "Really really like this ... full support from me ... the Original Mix is opening up tonight's show ... wonderful." Niall Redmond (RTE Pulse, Ireland)

:: "Like Ralf GUM Instrumental version best - good production." Greg Fenton (UK)

:: "Original is the most heart felt and inspiring of all the tracks/remixes, but that swift funky swagger (Ralf GUM remix) in the chords and drum arrangement has a slick feel to it, you can’t ignore it, while the MAQman meets Ralf GUM is a soulful journey into a big room sound." Oxyde (Nocturnal Mag, Canada)

:: "oooooh.....MAQman meets Ralf GUM dub is deeply dope. love it." Jon Pierce (Dawiseguy, UK)

:: "You produced another winning track here! Very nice indeed. I'm liking the co-operation of MAQman together with Ralf GUM, great mix." DeepIndex (New Zealand)

:: "Sounds awesome. I like big time, I'm loving it." Edsoul (Kaya FM, South Africa)

:: "Delighted to see the talented Maqman return to GOGO Music, superb production on this, and the vocal from Joseph is beautiful. 'Ralf GUM' mixes are my favourite, be supporting this week on the show!!" Alan O (Multi Storey Soul radio show, RTE Pulse, Dublin, Ireland)

:: "Great stuff. The Ralf GUM Remix is my first pick, but all of these are getting play time no doubt." Bobi (Club FM, Mazedonia)

:: "Wowww... love this sound. The new soulful way." Joan Ribas (Ibizasoulstice, Spain)

:: "Another good track from Junior & MAQman!! Original Mix and MAQman meets Ralf GUM Dub are my favs." Cesare ‘boogeyman’ Cera (Gruradio, Italy)


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