Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Single Review: Teddy Pendergrass, Close the Door {DJ Soulchild Remix}

Remix Phenom DJ Soulchild kicks off 2024 with a fresh bop as he brings his talents to a Philly soul classic with his spin on Teddy Pendergrass’s “Close The Door. ” As fans of R&B music already know, the song is a classic soul and R&B ballad that oozes sensuality and romance. It was released in 1978 on Teddy’s Life Is a Song worth Singing album. The song highlights Pendergrass’s smooth and commanding vocals, which have become iconic in soul music.

Soulchild’s “Close the Door” remix arrangement swaps the original lush orchestral backing for a dance floor vibe. Fans who follow DJ Soulchild know he prides himself on using production that still compliments the original songs’ captivating melody. Here, the producer speeds up the production but always retains Pendergrass’s emotive delivery. The song’s production creates a warm and intimate atmosphere, drawing the listener in and setting the mood for a dance with someone you may find attractive.

Lyrically, “Close the Door” is a plea for intimacy and connection, with Pendergrass’s soulful vocals conveying a deep longing and desire. That said, dance can correlate with sensuality. While Soulchild chooses not to turn his song into a quiet storm remix, he always retains the song’s romantic themes and Teddy’s passionate delivery.

DJ Soulchild’s remix “Close the Door” is a timeless example of a producer respecting the artistry of a legend and adding his own spin to appeal to a modern-day crowd.

Final Grade: B+

DJ Soulchild’s “Close The Door” remix is available on his Bandcamp and official website.

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