Tuesday 7 November 2023

'A little of the big stuff' by The Formellas


'A Little of the Big Stuff'

Performed by
Written by: Carl Dixon
Published by: Carl Dixon (PRS) © 2011 (℗2017

The official release date is the 1st June 2017 and can be purchased from, Amazon, iTunes and all leading streaming services.

If you enjoy retro sounding mid 1970s soul, this new album release features no less than fourteen mixes to capture the spirit of disco music prevalent around that time. These productions have been carefully crafted with respect to a period that gave us the likes of Love Unlimited, The Three Degrees, The Sound of Philadelphia, The Salsoul Orchestra and MFSB. The instrumentation remains faithful to a more traditional style of arrangement from the days when sequencing and midi did not exist. Although using modern techniques to record these tracks, the essence of the music here still sounds organic and collaborative. The main influences for this music are the 1970s and particularly the Philly Sound. Nobody will ever recreate that music successfully without the musicians who made it and arrangers that so eloquently added their input to the songs in the first place. The likes of Bobby Eli, Earl Young, Vince Montana, T G Conway, Jimmie Williams, Phil Hurtt, Tony Bell, Larry Washington, Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris, Thom Bell, Richard Rome and Bobby Martin are a few names that come to mind, but there are so many other individuals responsible for that sound too numerous to mention. The writers, producers, musicians, arrangers and artists are greatly appreciated and are celebrated here with efforts to write and produce similarly.

This song was originally an instrumental released on the Bandtraxs album named 'Make five' and was merely a notion that one day lyrics would be written and vocals added. These are the fruits of that idea with studio recorded drums, horns, guitars and bass guitar. Studio pro’s in LA provided the horn and the female vocal tracks with LaTisha on lead and b/v's, whilst Bobby Eli recorded Jeff Leonard on drums in his ‘The Grooveyard’ studio in Philly on the main tracks of this album. From a trivia point of view, the Loft mixes are specifically with early looped drums I was experimenting with before I commissioned Philly studio drums. These are real drums professionally recorded for producers to use with their productions whether demos or commercial releases, but I wanted a real Philly groove on this hence Jeff Leonard's contribution. The Moss mixes are the original London drums by Simon Moss from the instrumental version of ALOTBS off the 'Make Five' album released previously, except this time accompanied by vocals and other instruments not recorded previously. Simon was the drummer with Manchester 80s group 'The Clouds'. The bass guitar by Gavin Morris is on all versions, also from Manchester.


Title: A little of the big stuff
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)
Artist: The Formellas
Label: Bandtraxs
Production: Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
ISRC number: GBXNE1700031 to GBXNE1700044
This album version release: 1st April 2017
Recording location: Philadelphia, LA, Nashville and London
Original song incarnation 2011 and released on the album ‘Make five’ by Bandtraxs

For more information about the track please visit www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl@bandtraxs.com

Artists and session musicians on ‘A little of the big stuff’:

Lead Vocals:
LaTisha (Studio Pros, Los Angeles)

Backing vocals
LaTisha (Studio Pros, Los Angeles)
Carl Dixon (London)

Drums 1: Jeff Leonard, 
Recorded at 'The Grooveyard', Philadelphia. Thanks to Bobby Eli.
Drums 2: Loopmaster
Drums 3: Simon Moss, London
Guitar 1: Mark Baldwin, Nashville
Guitar 2: Carl Dixon, London
Bass guitar: Gavin Morris, Manchester
Horns: Studio Pros, Los Angeles
Keys/percussion: Carl Dixon

A little of the big stuff (vocal Radio Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Radio Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Extended Vocal Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Extended Instrumental Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Vocal Loft Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Loft Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Vocal Moss Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Moss Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Vocal Middle Eight Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Middle Eight Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Organ Mix)
A little of the bif stuff (Instrumental El Piano Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Vibe Mix)
A little of the big stuff (Instrumental Sweet Mix)

Written, produced, mixed and mastered by
Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

© Carl Dixon 2013, (P) 2017