Singer / Songwriter, Composer & Producer James Perri
aka Jimi Polo, releases music from the 90s on
James Perri has a deeply interesting & accomplished history. Based now in Zagreb, which explains the connection & collaboration with Imogen Recordings; Ilija Rudman & Antonio Zuza.
Raised in Chicago, music was part of his life early, singing in gospel choirs before going on to be a significant part of the early Chicago House scene. His first record was ‘Libra Libra’ on ‘Chicago Connection’and James Perri aka Jimi Polo’s ‘Jeanette Thomas”Shake Your Body’ is a Chicago/NYC cult classic.
As the house movement was building in the UK, Perri moved across the pond and hooked up with ‘Adamski’. Together they made one of the earliest and most enduring UK House releases with 1989’s double A-side ‘Free Yourself/Better Days’ on ‘Urban Records’. It was Piano House at it’s peak, evident in the amount of times it was sampled. Joining Paul Oakenfolds ‘Perfecto’, he released ‘Express Yourself’in 1992. While flatmates with Adamski, they recorded ‘Never Goin Down’on MCA.
Other collaborations include Guyman of ‘Daft Punk’ & ‘Masters At Work’ heavyweight Kenny Dope Gonzalez on a remix of ‘Shake Your Body’. Perri’s keyboard talent was recognised by Nellee Hooper & Jazzie B of UK national treasure ‘Soul II Soul’, where James was signed for two years. During this time Soul II Soul won a Grammy.
The ‘Moods EP’ material was originally recorded by James Perri back in the 90s when ‘Jimi Polo’ was a session player in high demand across multiple artists, who at that time were melting the charts. This music has been locked away waiting for the right moment.
’70s Theme’ invokes the mood music of 70s cinema style ‘Blaxploitation’. ‘Brother Beware’ is a sweet and soulful song of faith and unity, the vocal of ‘Lamya’ from ‘Soul II Soul’ who is sadly no longer with us. ‘Express Yourself (Original Version)’ is pure Rare Grooves and was recorded at Brittania Road Studio’s, London in the 90s.
Imogen Recordings Established in 2015 with a killer roster which includes Charles Webster, Robert Owens, Darshan Jesrani & Dos Palos(Faze Action).