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Ski Oakenfull

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Ski first made an impact in 1991 with The K-Creative, one of the initial singings to the then newly established Talkin’ Loud Records. Co-writing & co-producing their debut album ‘QED’, he toured extensively throughout Europe and Japan. After his tenure with the K-Creative ended, Ski joined UK soul-funk band Raw Stylus as keys man (touring & recording with legendary Steely Dan producer Gary Katz) and regularly performed with the in house band at Gilles Peterson’s seminal club nights at Bar Rumba in London alongside visiting luminaries such as Guru from Gangstarr and iconic Brazilian superstar Flora Purim.

1994 saw Ski join ex-label mates Galliano as keyboard player. His relationship with the band grew, culminating in him co-writing and co-producing their final album ‘4’. The next few years saw Ski develop his writing & production skills further including writing sessions with Incognito and the release of the club classic ‘Justify’ on Bob Jones’ short lived yet much missed Black on Black label. Ski also contributed tracks to a unique global collaborative project called ‘Sun Sun’. This featured exclusive material from some the finest exponents of alternative contemporary dance music including DJ Cam, Bob Sinclair, Kruder & Dorfmeister and DJ Die. It was Ski’s contribution, a deep & funky rolling number called ‘Montreux a Marseilles’ that brought him to the attention of Sony Columbia. They immediately signed him up and he recorded a version of the late Joe Henderson’s classic ‘Tress Cun Deo La’ featuring the vocal talents of Valerie Etienne. This was well received throughout Europe and it caught the ears of Philly’s very own aqua boogie monster, King Britt, who supplied a beautiful remix.

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