Hotted – Connected EP

December 5, 2015 in Singles

Hotted Connected Inner City RecordsAnother fine deep house three-tracker here, this one coming from Manchester’s Inner City Records.

Connected itself sits most comfortably under the ‘deep house’ umbrella, but the big bassline and male R&B vox (“I’ve been thinking of you babe”) give it a garage-y kinda feel as well (to be fair, it’s hardly alone in that right now). The pacier Down Under also has garage-y leanings, while finally The Real Thing rocks shaker-tastic percussion, wonky ‘early Madhouse’-like keys and more fat, rumbling bass.

Inner City Records are nearly two years old, yet in that time they’ve released just seven records. And pretty much every one has been a killer so far… proof that “quantity over quality” CAN still work in this fast-paced modern world we live in!

Out: This week

About: Find Inner City Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Filth & Smell – Groovin’

August 29, 2015 in Singles

Filth & Smell Groovin' Inner City RecordsSome fine garage-tinged deep house vibes on this offering from Inner City Records.

Groovin’ itself, in its original form, is a jazzy, bumpin’ little, er, groover with cheeky bites from Roger Sanchez’s You Can’t Change Me by way of a vocal… and was that a snatch of Colonel Abrams’ Trapped I heard as well? Label co-owner Roland Nights’ remix is very similar but just a teensy bit smoother, while completing the package is A Better Place, a stripped n’ sparse 4am rumpshaker that pays homage to the deepest sound of New Jersey.

Excellent work all round, but the title track takes the gold.

Out: This week

About: Find Inner City Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Chris Stussy – One Thing I Can EP

June 27, 2015 in Singles

Chris Stussy One Thing I Can EP Inner City RecordsSome familiar samples come out to play on this three-track, four-mix EP from young Dutch producer Chris Stussy.

One Thing I Can, you see, borrows heavily from Phreek/Class Action’s classic Weekend, underpinning the very familar vocal with intricate percussion, echoing synth stabs and an understated but quite chunky bassline. Roland Nights delivers a remix that rides more straight-up 4/4s with lush, lingering keys and a funky-assed b-line of its own, while elsewhere on the EP, Jus Playin is a more head-down n’ driving deep house jam with chopped, spoken vox, and finally Deep Gems is an appropriately garage-leaning late-nighter that bites the famous vocal from Cevin Fisher’s The Way Used To.

A fine EP all round, with the RN rub of the title track and Deep Gems nudging just ahead of the other two.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Inner City Records, the label Danny Stott (AKA Roland Nights) co-owns with Mark Horsfall. Find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Inner City Records Vol 4

November 30, 2014 in Singles

Inner City Records Vol 4Only the fourth release here by Inner City Records… and the fourth to get reviewed on TIWWD. Which may well be some kind of record, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Once again, it’s a V/A offering and home to some very fine deep house grooves. Leigh D Oliver & Andy Lee are up first with Moves Ya, a track with nice fat squelchy bass and a strong influence from trad-style deep US garage. It’s a more UK garage-influenced sound that Leigh then offers up on his solo piece (Sic), Mystep’s Night Drive sits right on the deep/tech house cusp, while finally label co-owner Roland Nights mixes up classic garage and more contemporary ‘bass house’ tropes on his Chandler-esque Let It Rain.

There’s a reason ICR’s hit-rate has been so high, y’know… this is essential stuff.

Out: This week

About: Either the hype sheet contains an error, or Inner City Records have relocated from Manchester to Dorset. Anyway, you can find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Inner City Records Vol 2

November 10, 2013 in Singles

Inner City Records Vol 2A couple of serious treats to end with tonight… first up, this four-track EP from Inner City Records. It’s only the second-ever release on the label, but if this is the calibre of material we’ve got to look forward to then I for one am excited!

Leigh D Oliver is up first with Reductio Ad Absurdum, a chunky, organ-flecked Brit-houser straight outta the early 90s with a sampled spoken vocal telling us “things are gonna be okay, right” when “there’s no blacks, no whites, only people”… damn straight Mr O! James Johnston’s Dance With U is a more upbeat and driving affair with steel drum sounds that lend it a sunny, tropical feel and some gorgeous keyboard sounds, while Corbeau’s Addicted is a sheer retrofied delight with its big wailing diva vox, even bigger M1 organs and piercing old skool synths. And then bringing the EP to a close is the very cool garage nouveau of 4 Beat Club’s aptly-titled Basement Groove.

Put simply, this EP is ridiculously good and you need to buy it immediately. Not sure how much clearer I can be on this one, really.

Out: This week

About: Inner City Records is the brainchild of Mark Horsfall and Danny ‘Roland Nights’ Stott, which goes some way to explaining the quality on offer! They’re based in sunny Manchesterford-on-Sea and can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.