Since SoulBounce is housing it up this week, I’d be remiss if I didn’t dig into the crates and pull out another of my favorite house cuts of all time, “Gabriel” by DJ Roy Davis Jr. featuring Peven Everett on vocals.
“Gabriel” dropped in 1998, and it was my introduction to both Davis and Everett. The music is sick, but it’s the lyrics that really drew me in. The song is about the Archangel Gabriel, you see, and it’s practically a hymn if you listen closely.
I first heard the track thanks to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater when it was used in a production entitled Grace, created in 1999 for the company by choreographer Ronald K. Brown of Evidence Dance Company. Those who’ve seen Grace performed by Ailey or Evidence know how dope this piece is, and the thumping groove of “Gabriel” took it to another level.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to let Roy and Peven take me to church.
Roy Davis Jr. feat. Peven Everett: “Gabriel”