“Handful of Soul”, Mario Biondi’s debut album – triple platinum at the time – and to this day still by far his greatest success, was released in the Fall of 2006: a bolt from the blue that immediately reached the top positions of the charts. To celebrate ten years of his recording career, the Sicilian singer has come back last November with a new project: “Best of Soul”, a 2-CD set that combines songs spanning throughout his entire discography and seven unreleased tracks produced by Schema Records.
Since the very beginning, Mario’s songs proved to be a perfect material for an electro / dance / dub rework, and “Stay with Me”, the first single from “Best of Soul”, is no exception: in fact, the A-side of this 12-inch EP is covered by two different versions of that song produced by Luca Trevisi a.k.a. LTJ Xperience, legendary DJ and producer, active since the 80’s in the central Italy clubbing scene and today one of the greatest names in the electronic music scene.
On the flip side, the original version of “Stay with Me” is accompanied by another unreleased track, “Never Stop Dreaming”, also coming from the recording sessions of “Best of Soul”; it perfectly fits Mario Biondi’s unique style: a music background suspended between soul and rhythm’n’blues, in support of a warm, deep voice, carrying its distinctive and instantly recognizable tone.
This EP is therefore a must for both fans of Mario, as it contains the only ‘physical version’ of the song “Never Stop Dreaming”, and for any dancefloor DJ, who’ll find outstanding material for their mixes in LTJ Xperience’s work.