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Rob Pearson vs. C-Soul feat. Robert Owens

Rob Pearson vs. C-Soul feat. Robert Owens I Plastic City
Rob Pearson was lured into music at an early age, growing up in South London with a staple diet of electro, hip hop, and eighties soul. Inspired by the turntable wizards of the time Rob spent many hours perfecting and earning his art, initially as a scratch DJ, cutting up the early hip hop beats of the time. A passion for collecting records soon developed and he set about mastering his techniques on whatever equipment was available to him. Robs early mix tapes where made using pause button tape edits of his favourite snippets of music and later on an old music centre and a midi HI- FI system. Moving on to productions his earliest recordings were made using an old Tascam 4 track and a budget drum machine program on the classic Commodore 64 computer, overlaying whatever records Rob could get his hands on to create new unique versions of tracks. Inspired by the early acid house scene Rob started to fuse the sounds coming from Chicago and Detroit with early Breakbeat and Hardcore to create a more London based sound. Venturing into pirate he was soon doing regular slots on Energy 87.9 FM, Don FM and Dream FM - honing his style into Drum & Bass and scoring slots at clubs like Labyrinth and Turnmills and even playing a warm up set for the legendary Happy Mondays at Concorde in Brighton. His humble home studio was now growing and sporting some serious gear; Akai samplers, various keyboards and drum machines and the classic Atari ST computer. Gaining respect from his peers and getting his material played by LTJ Bukem, Grooverider and Fabio helped him to clinch his first record deal with Basement Records. Working alongside label mates Wax Doctor, Peshay, Roger Johnson, MJ Cole, and Top Buzz and producing under the name of Blinded by Science, he quickly became a player on the nascent Drum & Bass scene, releasing on a plethora of other labels at the time including his own Online Recordings Imprint.

By 1995 Rob’s ever growing music equipment collection and the need to create a proper workspace for his projects led on to him starting his own recording studio, Online Studios in Croydon, South London. As an engineer, producer and remixer he's has worked with a diverse range of music artists including Tippa Irie, Cedric Myton & The Congos, Marc Almond, So Solid, UKApache, Sway and in 1999 co-wrote and produced a top 40 number 1 single that sold over quarter of a million records. Since 2005 Rob is continuing to produce new material and is spinning alongside many of the the scenes leading players (Colin Dale, Nathan Coles, Asad Rizvi, Inland Knights) and playing well respected events like Kerfuffle, Abstrakt Dance and Reverberations. As a DJ he is travelling more and more whilst holding down a residency at Ocean Rooms (Brighton UK).

For his debut on Plastic City he collaborated with C-Soul (Magnus Asberg and James Day) and the legendary vocalist Robert Owens. Though electronica has always been a producer's medium (and the few vocalists keeping their head above water are usually women), Robert Owens became one of the figures most associated with the late-'80s golden era of Chicago house. Born in Ohio in 1961, he grew up singing in the church, but was working as a DJ when he met pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard in 1985. The pair formed Fingers Inc. with Ron Wilson, and released a few excellent singles ("You're Mine," "It's Over") and the 1988 full-length "Another Side" .The group dissolved soon after, though, as Heard's burgeoning solo-production career (as Mr. Fingers) took over. Robert Ownes had already released tracks on his own - "Bring Down the Walls" and "I'm Strong" for Alleviated, with production from Heard - and he signed a solo contract with 4th & Broadway. His 1990 LP "Rhythms in Me" was a solid effort, though it soon disappeared within the quickly disintegrating Chicago house scene. (One of his best-known features of the late '80s, the epic house moment "Tears," appeared under the names of Frankie Knuckles and producer Satoshi Tomiie.)

Robert Owens had basically retired from music by the early '90s, preferring instead to run his own Christian bookstore. By 1996, he'd returned to dance music with "Ordinary People", a two-part EP for Musical Directions. He teamed up with Satoshi Tomiie and Cevin Fisher for a track from Tomiie's "Full Lick" LP in 1999, and one year later Robert Ownes appeared on the Photek smash "Mine to Give". Beside Rob Pearson and C-Soul, Robert is currently working together with many producers like Ian Pooley, Marc Romboy, Atjazz and Jimpster.


ROB PEARSON VS. C-SOUL FEAT. ROBERT OWENS | 2 releases
 
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plax059-8

MP3

2007-09-20

Rob Pearson vs. C-Soul feat. Robert Owens
Escape From The Madness

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12inch

2007-09-20

Rob Pearson vs. C-Soul feat. Robert Owens
Escape From The Madness
 
ROB PEARSON VS. C-SOUL FEAT. ROBERT OWENS remixes and tracks on compilations
 

plax001-4

MP3

2008-05-27

Various Artists
Sunrise at Sas Salinas (Ibiza), mixed by Babak Shayan
 
12: ROB PEARSON VS. C-SOUL FEAT. ROBERT OWENS - Escape From The Madness (The Timewriter Remix)

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CD

2008-05-26

Various
Sunrise at Sas Salinas (Ibiza), mixed by Babak Shayan
 
12. ROB PEARSON VS. C-SOUL FEAT. ROBERT OWENS - Escape From The Madness (The Timewriter Remix)

plac053-2

CD

2007-10-22

Various
Deep Train 5 - Sensual Dawn, mixed by The Timewriter
 
10. ROB PEARSON VS. C-SOUL FEAT. ROBERT OWENS - Escape From The Madness (The Timewriter Remix)

plac053-4

MP3

2007-10-20

Various Artists
Deep Train 5 - Sensual Dawn, compiled by The Timewriter
 
10: ROB PEARSON VS. C-SOUL FEAT. ROBERT OWENS - Escape From The Madness (The Timewriter Remix)

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