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Opolopo

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Opolopo is Yoruban for “plenty”, a word that best exemplifies the diversity of this production wizard’s musical voyage. Whether it’s house, boogie, broken beat, funk or soul, his compositions and productions are always uncompromising with a steady gaze on the horizon and a quick glance in the rear-view mirror.

Starting out with over dubbing on cassette decks with a Casio VL Tone toy keyboard in his early teens, to constructing soundscapes on synths, beat boxes and computers, Opolopo is one of Scandinavia’s most extraordinary producers.

Born in Zirc, Hungary he spent the early part of his creative development tagging along with a touring keyboardist father and listening to fusion and electronic records. Artists like Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber, Earth Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita, and Kraftwerk helped feed his ingenuity. The likes of George Clinton, Bootsy and General Caine infected him for life with the funk virus.

Opolopo DJ:s from London to Tokyo. His sets span from funk, boogie and soul to various shades of house. From sweaty, stripped down and dirty to uplifting and lush. All unified by his worship of The Groove.

His music spans over two decades on labels such as Local Talk, JVC Japan, Z Records, Om Records, Warner Brothers, Tru Thoughts, Sony/BMG, Defected, Tokyo Dawn Records and Especial Records. Collaborations/remixes include Grammy nominated vocalist Gregory Porter, Omar, Steve Arrington, Lisa Stansfield, Shaun Escoffery, Sandy Barber, The Sunburst Band, Mario Biondi, Azymuth, Dazz Band, Sylvester and Leroy Burgess.

After spending eight months in Dubai as the first ever resident DJ and Music Director at a Four Seasons hotel, he’s now back in Stockholm, touring the world and working on new material.

Opolopo made #4 on Traxsource’s top 100 Soulful House Artists of 2015 and # 6 in 2018. With his remix of Rapsons’ Heat for Defected Records, he also had the #1 Soulful House Track of 2018.

2019 saw him make #5 on Traxsource’s top 100 Soul/Funk/Disco Artists. He also scored #1 and #3 on the top 100 Soul/Funk/Disco #1s of 2019 with the remixes for Spencer Morales’ Teena Marie cover – I Need Your Lovin’ and disco legends Change’s Make Me (Go Crazy).

A deep house EP for Local Talk Records was released at the end of 2019. In late June Opolopo curated and mixed the Ibiza 2019 Poolside compilation for Toolroom Records. The compilation features three exclusive original tracks as well that were also released on vinyl.

Early 2020 saw the release of a critically acclaimed rework of the Brand New Heavies classic, Stay This Way, featuring Angela Johnson. The full length album SICKLA, for Local Talk Records, was released in the fall.

In june 2021, another classic was reworked together with Angela Johnson. This time D-Influense’s Good Lover was lovingly reimagined. There was a new release on Toolroom – Ginsu Knife which will be followed by another album for Localt Talk. This time it’s a remix/edits album with records from the Local Talk catalogue reworked and tweaked in an Opolopo fashion.

Highlights among a slew of remixes in 2021 are remixes of D.C. LaRue’s Do You Want The Real Thing and the Loft anthem – Rude Movements by Sun Palace. The Rude Movements remix project included remixes by Opolopo, Moodymann, Kenny Dope and Fracois K.

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Opolopo is one of the hottest producers on the planet right now. From Soul Funk and Disco and straight through to four on the floor House Music, Opolopo can turn his talents to any genre he chooses. From working with DJ Spen’s label Quantize Recordings to Joey Negro’s Z Records, Toolroom records and beyond; he certainly is an artist in high demand.

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