Jumping straight in on the No.1 spot on iTunes South Africa on day of release and already one of the most celebrated albums of 2014 in the motherland, House veteran DJ/producer Ralf GUM unleashes his third album, 'In My City', unto the rest of the world on his acclaimed GOGO Music label. Moulded with his soulful, organic signature sounds,'In My City' is a tapestry of beautifully weaved songs and features local South African and international artists - established and upcoming.
Ralf GUM proves with his album that there is constancy - and consistency - to be found in this fast-moving world. His sound became an instantly recognizable trademark during the last two decades, as it cuts through the airwaves and clubs sound systems with unique class and style. "Never Leaves You" is testament to the fact that Ralf GUM has stayed true to his roots and his particular, well-honed style. Never one to skimp on the perfection of his arrangements, or sacrifice artful production to follow the latest trends, this album is his opus. The album features guest like: Caron Wheeler, Robert Owens, Kenny Bobien, Monique Bingham, Oluhe, Jocelyn Mathieu, Jaidene Veda, and more...
Ralf GUM’s music career dates back to 1990 when he started out as a DJ before establishing himself three years later as a full-on institution within the industry with own productions. Since then Ralf evolved to one of the most respected figures in the House Music scene called a role model, pioneer, innovator, legend and global House Music star by others, while his secret is simply to keep absolutely fervid about real music. Always staying true to his passion and attempting to enhance the genre, he is globally renowned for his exceptional productions and DJ-sets. Harmony, Soul & Groove – are the main ingredients, but just some aspects of Ralf’s distinctive deep sound.
With an instinctive feeling for the right vibe, Ralf GUM convincingly performed as a DJ all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South- and North America as well as Africa. But Ralf GUM not only fascinates as the unique DJ. In equal measure Ralf GUM’s productions have helped him building up a reputation as a forward thinking tastemaker influencing countless fellows. In 2008 Ralf GUM released his long awaited debut masterpiece album titled “Uniting Music”, a continuous piece of music, seamless and blended into a luscious texture of inspired grooves. Ralf effortlessly showcased his ability to create wonderful original songs taking influences from various musical styles. With a composition which let each song intertwine with another, he was pushing the boundaries well beyond the traditional DJ mix sense. Almost seeming like one beautiful track the whole album contained it all: really pretty dreamy tracks, some grooving live sounding deals and some late night slices of hypnotic House. The album received great plaudit, as for example UK’s M8 Magazine called the CD „simply one of the best albums of the year” or the German 3Sat TV show Kulturzeit attested that “no single second of the album bores”. “Uniting Music” was released on GOGO Music and licensed to Rambling Records for Japan and to Soul Candi for South Africa. It contained “Kissing Strangers”, which was a worldwide bestseller in its genre in 2008, thus scored the number 1 in the “Top 100 Singles 2008” and the “Biggest House Track 2008” in the annual chart of the ultra-credible Traxsource download-shop.
2012 Ralf GUM released his second long-player titled “Never Leaves You” including “Take Me To My Love” which became the biggest anthem and a number 1 in South Africa’s official media charts that year. It was just one of the many highlights on the album, a sort of vocal dream team, which brought together the heavenly tonsils of Kenny Bobien, Robert Owens, Kafele, Monique Bingham and former Soul II Soul star Caron Wheeler amongst others. The long-player reached GOLD status in South Africa and was the bestselling album of the year on Traxsource. The manifold critical acclaim included UK’s leading magazine Blues & Soul Magazine saying that “in the talented hands of Ralf that team complimented rather than countered an impressive, truly soulful collection of songs and emphatically demonstrates his ability to orchestrate soul-house goodness on the grandest possible scale”, SoulM8 writing that “this is head and shoulders above the rest of what others call house music" and a warning from Soul and Jazz and Funk (UK) that “You’ll ignore it at your peril!".
In 2014 Ralf GUM proved that he is able to follow up and surpass his own high standards at any time, as he released his noteworthy third album “In My City”. Jumping straight in on the No.1 spot on iTunes South Africa on day of release, it became one of the most celebrated albums of 2014 in the motherland and was selected as Best Dance Album of 2014 by Itunes, while media celebrated it extensively again. IDM Mag (ZA) said that “’In My City’ has almost instantly been dubbed as a classic”, DMC World (UK) acknowledged that “The German superstar brings beautiful house music to our world”, while Spirit Of House (Switzerland) noted that “what you get with ‘In My City’ is the finest in soulful house music this planet has to offer.”
In 2019 Ralf will unveil his long awaited 4th studio album featuring a stellar selection of features ranging from South African superstars Mafikizolo, to long time collaborator Monique Bingham, to UK’s soul icon Tony Momrelle and Detroit’s legendary Paul Randolph next to many others.
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