Friday, May 26, 2017

Inner City – Big Fun (Extended Mix)

Classics: Inner City – Big Fun (Extended Mix) (Virgin)

Alright, let’s do a bit of sci-fi and imagine you have to write a press release for the label that will release this piece of music. Chances are great you’ll drop a word as to where its protagonists are comin’ from. But also as to who’s doin’ what. Then, last but not least, what they are doin’. Now how would you ever describe this? I’m not too sure you would say it’s Techno music, would you?

Well, Virgin-UK did so almost 30 years ago with a press release introducing it as the first Techno record ever! Not too sure though they would do the same nowadays, as a matter of fact. I eventually imagine they would come up with something like soulful EDM or so. Nevertheless this didn’t get Inner City‘s ‘Big Fun’ from makin’ big noise in the clubs at the time. Pretty much resurrecting the notion of hedonism such as we found earlier on on a big part of the Disco production. Just like its follow-up – ‘Good Life’ – would do as well soon after…

Overview
Inner City saw the light back in 1988, from the reunion between Chicagoan female singer Paris Gray and Detroit producer Kevin Saunderson. Quite strange though remembering Virgin-UK introduced their debut-single – ‘Big Fun’ – as the first Techno record ever… Of course, Saunderson is highly renowned as one of the Belleville Three (along with Juan Atkins and Derrick May) who originated the Detroit Techno sound. Of course, he also made his reputation from Techno tracks he released under different guises such as Reese & Santonio or The Reese Project. But Inner City happened to be quite different from what one used to put out in the Motorcity back then.

As a matter of fact, and as Saunderson admitted in an interview we had back in the day, Inner City got highly influenced by the New York vibes. And this, most likely because of his countless trips to the Big Apple at the time. A reality which is even more obvious when comin’ to listen to a gem such as ‘Pennies From Heaven’ (in a Ten City vein). But also ‘Ain’t Nobody Better’, ‘Till We Meet Again’ and ‘Do You Love What You Feel’. Not to mention their cover version of Stephanie Mills‘s classic ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin”.

Inner City released 3 albums – ‘Paradise’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Praise’ – between 1989 and 1992. Meanwhile Kevin Saunderson has heavily developped his KMS record label.

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