Walk On By feat. Noelle Scaggs

by The Decoders

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of the first single from Vol. 2, featuring one of our favorite singers from Los Angeles, Noelle Scaggs ( of the band FItz & The Tantrums).

This isn't our first collaboration with Noelle...

Our very own Todd M. Simon inked a new Rock Steady arrangement of James Brown's "Think (About It)" for The Lions back in 2007, which featured Noelle on vocals. Noelle has also graced many other collaborations on her own, including Quantic (aka Will Holland) and Dilated Peoples, as well as being the featured lead female vocalist in the L.A. funk and soul outift The Rebirth .

This version of "Walk On By" is an extrapolation of the original Dionne Warwick version, mutated with the stylings of Isaac Hayes rendition and finally given a "decoded" Lovers Rock backbeat. This was quite the undertaking, and Noelle did a great job invoking the classic women of soul from the 60's era to give this version a refreshing-yet old school feel.

Burt Bacharach and Hal David (R.I.P) were a great composer team, penning many a classic hit including "I Say A Little Prayer For You" which is also slated for a Decoders vol. 2 release later this year. We hope that we did justice to their vision with our version of "Walk On By".

The strings were recorded by San Diego native, Thomas Lea. Thomas is the latest addition to the Decoders production team, and you can hear his lush string arrangements on upcoming releases from Rhye & Quadron.

The official release date for the single is tuesday, October 16th. It will be made available on itunes, amazon and bandcamp for download.

We hope you enjoy it and please share if you feel it!

The Decoders

Also, in case you haven't seen it, please check out our new EPK, which is an introduction to the project and gives a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in the studio! View it here on our new website (www.thedecodersmusic.com), where you can also purchase exclusive T-Shirts via our Insteegram store!


The Decoders are Los Angeles-based production team Itai Shapira (producer/engineer & studio/live musician), Todd M. Simon (trumpeter/arranger for Mayer Hawthorne, TV On The Radio, The Lions, Quantic, etc.) and Adam Berg (Grammy nominated producer/engineer), with heavy contributions from Quincy McCrary on keys (Mayer Hawthorne) and Blake Colie on drums (The Lions of Stones Throw Records) . They just released their first installment of modern-Jamaican Lovers Rock-inspired versions of soul classics they dug up from the vaults of the Music Sales publishing catalogue.

In this first batch, Shapira and Simon have deciphered some Earth, Wind and Fire, Minnie Riperton and even one from Ruby and the Romantics! The project is overseen by the songwriter and producer behind many of Minnie Riperton’s hits - Richard Rudolph.

The Decoders have enlisted the help of vocalists Sy Smith (Macy Gray, Foreign Exchange) original “Baby This Love I Have" songwriter and legendary producer Leon Ware (Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Maxwell), Coco Owino (of Quadron), Kevin Sandbloom and Boston Fielder (of Muthawit). Miguel Atwood Ferguson (Suite For Ma Dukes, Brainfeeder) also makes a guest appearance on the new single "Les Fleurs"

Volume 2 features guest vocalists Noelle Scaggs (of Fitz & The Tantrums), Raul Midon, Alex Isley and many more...


released October 16, 2012

Produced by The Decoders

Noelle Scaggs
Lead Vocals, Background Vocals & Vocal Arrangements

Itai Shapira
Bass, Guitars, Dub FX, Keys, Timpani, Additional Vocal Arrangements

Todd M. Simon
Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Dub FX, Horn Arrangements

Adam Berg
Rhodes, B3, Additional Vocal Arrangements

Tracy Wannomae
Tenor, Alto Sax, Flute

Thomas Lea
Violin, Viola

Blake Colie

Engineered by Itai Shapira and Adam Berg at Manifest Music
Additional engineering by David Burris at Manifest Music
Mixed by Adam Berg at Manifest Music
Mastered by Adam Berg at Manifest Music

Originally Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. Originally recorded by Dionne Warwick (1964)

Farah Sosa: 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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