Completeness feat. Divine Brown

by The Decoders

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The Decoders latest offering, "Completeness feat. Divine Brown" is the 3rd single from the forthcoming LP, "Adventures From Paradise: A Tribute to Minnie Riperton". With this track, The Decoders have chosen to return to their Lovers Rock roots, combining it with elements of early seventies funk and soul.

Divine Brown (not to be confused with the one involved in the Hugh Grant scandal), is a Toronto based R&B vocalist with a 5-octave range (very fitting for a Minnie Riperton tribute). Divine is a Juno award recipient and is currently signed to Universal Music Canada. Born of Jamaican parents, Divine's roots are made evident with this Lovers version of a Minnie classic.

Todd Simon's horn arrangements pay respect to Minnie Riperton's arranger Charles Stepney, Jamaican Rock Steady bandleader/arranger Byron Lee and Shuggie Otis. The rhythm section provided by Adam Berg and Itai Shapira (and Blake Colie on drums) also follows suit, providing a lush bed for Divine's vocals to soar on.

Stay tuned for more upcoming releases from vol 3! The full length album is due in late Fall 2013.


released October 1, 2013
Divine Brown
Lead Vocals, Background Vocals & Vocal Arrangements

Itai Shapira
Guitars, Bass

Adam Berg
Keys, B3, Mellotron

Todd M. Simon
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn Arrangements

Blake Colie

Engineered by Itai Shapira and Adam Berg at Manifest Music
Horns recorded by Todd Simon and Itai Shapira at Nu-Fi Studios
Mixed by Adam Berg at Manifest Music
Additional mixing by Itai Shapira at Manifest Music
Mastered by Adam Berg at Manifest Music

Originally Performed and Recorded by Minnie Riperton on her solo LP Come To My Garden (1971)

Ivan Otis: Photography • Anthony Valadez: Cover Art Design



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The Decoders Los Angeles, California

In only a couple of years, Los Angeles production trio (Todd M. Simon, Itai Shapira and Adam Berg) have cemented their reputation in the studio and on stage as the premiere production team and live band for the likes of artists like Rhye, Kelis, and Hollie Cook. They have garnered the attention of KCRW music director Jason Bentley, Gilles Peterson (BBC), Okayplayer, Wax Poetics, Bandcamp and more ... more

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