A burnin' selection from the tech-house master
Mr G is a force of nature.
If you've seen him live, you'll know what we mean: the tall Londoner appears armed with an MPC and a mixing desk and increases the rhythmic pressure coming out of the speakers until he and his audience are a blur of flailing limbs. In a room, the energy he exudes is infectious. The music the he conjures is essential.
Having seen one of his incendiary performances (and we don't use that adjective lightly), you'll no doubt dip into his discography, which stretches back some 15 years. There, you'll find finely sculpted analogue house music that rattles and rolls and comes loaded with thick, heavy basslines and socio-political samples. Dark, sexy and full of the Devil's groove, G's cuts will make you move every damn time.
So who is this most righteous of artists? Well, Mr G, real name Colin McBean, is in his 50s and has made a career out of releasing killer 12" after killer 12". He's ridiculously prolific, to the point where last year's critically acclaimed album 'Personal Momentz' has already been followed up with another full length, entitled 'Night On The Town' (and, of course, a slew of singles in between). We're not sure how he does it. His release schedule is as fervent as his live shows, which leave him dripping in sweat. And you should always trust an artist who works up a sweat in the booth.
While 'Personal Momentz' was an intensely intimate record, 'Night On The Town' is, in G's own words, for the afterparties and crack ons that happen weekend in, weekend out. A collection of darkened rollers that sound like DJ tools honed to keep you awake until dawn and beyond, the album will no doubt keep G heads satisfied and new fans intrigued about what else the cult figure has to offer.
When he's out, he plays live. But when he's on radio or in the mix, he dips into his far-reaching record collection to play tunes that are pretty different to his own output, apart from one thing: soul. Both his productions and the records he loves are unpinned by warmth and heart. Celebrating his new album, here he is on the In Session exclusively for us.
No tracklist because the G never discloses his dubs
'Night On The Town' is out in September via Phoenix G