Tue. Dec. 12, 2017

Inner City – Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’

Classics: Inner City – Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Def Mix) (10 Records)

I suppose I can say I belong to the category of those who’ve always preferred the original to the copy. Nevertheless, life has taught me to always keep my mind open as one can regularly find exceptions to the rule. Is it to say though I have here an inclination for one rather the other? Well, no! As both versions of ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” just have what it takes to let them stand apart. From Stephanie Mills‘s original version with production work courtesy of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas back in 1979. To its revamp 10 years after with remixing work by the likes of Frankie Knuckles and David Morales

No doubt as to how Stephanie Mills made it at the time. This is not a reason to pass on this cover version though as Inner City really does it. From Paris Grey‘s vocal performance bringing it to another level. To its reconstruction carrying all the elements that made the Def Mix signature standing apart. Beginning with its stellar keys courtesy of Eric Kupper on lazy rumblin’ bassline driven rhythm part. One would rate Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” as Deep House back in the day. But I would tend to see it more as Deep R&B at the end. Wouldn’t you???

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.

– A quick look at the credits of Eric Kupper on his Discogs page gives a significant view of his contribution in the maturation of contemporary music. Meanwhile explaining the regular mentions of him on these shores.

A songwriter, arranger, musician, producer and DJ, he came to reccognition by the second half of the 80’s. Playing keyboards along with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles and eventually becoming a member of the Def Mix crew. His name is associated with some of the biggest classics in the history of House Music. From Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie featuring Robert Owens‘ ‘Tears’ which he co-produced. To Satoshi Tomiie featuring Arnold Jarvis‘s ‘And I Loved You’. But also L.A. Mix‘s ‘Love Together’. Then Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’. Not to mention Robert Owens‘ ‘Visions’, Ce Ce Peniston‘s ‘Finally’ and Alexander O’ Neal‘s ‘What Is This Thing Called Love’ to name a few…

Although he came to leave Def Mix to focus on his own activities and launch his label (Hysteria) in the mid-90’s, he always maintained contact with Knuckles. Eventually setting up the famous Director’s Cut Mix signature with him in the years after. And also contributing to his famous classic ‘The Whistle Song’. Meanwhile, one could also remember the vibrant ‘Missing You’ by Artful & Ridney featuring Terri Walker. A track which he was supposed to remix with Knuckles and finally reworked on his own as a tribute to him.

Kupper has released 3 albums under the Eric Kupper presents K-Scope guise. Remember ‘Latin Blues Pt. 1’??? Meanwhile the most recent, ‘Electrikiss’ saw the light in January 2009 after a ten year hiatus. He also came to reform C+C Music Factory with Robert Clivillés back in 2010. The twosome releasing ‘Music 4 The Soul’ back in 2014, then ‘Set Me Free’ featuring Kimberly Davis in 2017.

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