London’s Lower East drops it’s second various artists showcase, Inner Circles Vol.2, this August with a two part package that features some of the finest emerging names in modern house music.
Here, with Part One, we’re treated to 5 tracks from Alexis Raphael, Cozzy D, Michael Jansons, Lee Brinx and Johnny Mikes that take in a vibrant mixture of vibes from lo-slung house to stepping garage.
The Michael Janson’s smooth, deep house with a twist of 80’s R&B funk, ‘I Know Your Feeling Ok’ opens the Part One of Inner Circles Vol 2 with typical Lower East class while label co-owner Cozzy D immediately flips the script with the brilliant, broken Garage of ‘Bullseye’.
Lee Brinx, another of the label’s helmsmen, indulges his moody, creeping side with the pulsating ‘Stamina’ next and displays why the likes of Clive Henry, Droog and James Teej have become fans of his freaky sound.
Johnny Mikes and Alexis Raphael close Part One with ‘Crowd Control’ and ‘Beverly Hills’ respectively. While Mikes drops oddball, skipping, 808 driven future-retro tones Raphael turns in the sort of fat bottomed groove that has made him a Hot Creations poster-boy in the past year.
Idiosyncratic and very much it’s own thing, ‘Inner Circles Vol 2., Part One’, is a superb insight into a label following it’s own gut and developing some notable talent. Our personal favorite, Alexis Raphael – Beverly Hills, because it’s oh so deep.