First Listen: Michael Watford – So Into You (Inner City Club Mix (EastWest)
Gospel-influenced singer Michael Watford has established himself as one of the iconic voices in the 90’s House scene. He scored some of his biggest successes along with Smack Productions.
Taken from his 1994 released eponymous album being his one and only to date, ‘So Into You’ is one of his signature cuts. A boiling paino-driven jam remixed, unlike one might think, not by Detroit famous Inner City, but by Bobby D’Ambrosio who would later on join the Def Mix crew…
One hardly get any better than this ‘So Into You’ thing, even more than 20 years after. Don’t you think?
So into this…
Born in Virginia and raised in New Jersey, Michael Watford has established himself as one of the ambassadors of soulful House Music in the 90’s. That thing some used to call Garage at the time. Hard to make abstraction of his undeniable Gospel influences as a matter of fact. In a vein or vibe if not energy to be compared to the ones of the late Darryl Pandy.
Watford counts among the very rare House artists who signed a record deal with a major company. This was back in 1994 with EastWest / Atlantic. There he delivered an eponymous album which would be his first and last though. An album featuring the memorable ‘So Into You’ which got him to #1 position in the Dance Hits Stateside. A cut produced by the late John Robinson, a former radio jock and a member of Smack Productions. Other tracks pretty much worth the listen from this package including the Roger S and Smack Productions crafted ‘Holdin’ On’. But also ‘Love To The World’ and ‘Happy Man’
Released from his contract, Watford soon after collaborated with countless producers. He worked among others with Marshall Jefferson, sharing the vocal duties with Robert Owens on ‘Come Together’ (Hard Times). For the same label, he also collaborated with Farley & Heller on the outstanding ‘Love Change Over’ with additional remixes courtesy of DJ Pierre, Fire Island and Salt City Orchestra. And how now to mention the seminal ‘My Love’ along with People Underground produced by Masters At Work? This in addition to GTS, Deep Bros., Jamie Lewis and Jon Cutler among others.
The recent years seeing him sharing the bill with Jerzee-based producer DJ Shaheer Williams on ‘Faith’.
Lesser known is the fact that he also contributed to Gate Decor‘s anthemic ‘Passion’ as BMW.Overview