Johnny Mikes - Crowd Control by Lower East published on 2012/07/02 12:34:26 +0000 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. We’re treated to tacks from Lower East regulars Alexis Raphael, Cozzy D, Michael Jansons, Lee Brinx, Johnny Mikes and Rebel to name a few 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 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's ‘Crowd Control’ and ‘Beverly Hills’ respectively stand strong in the middle of release. 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. Next up Rebel follows up strong output for Digital Delight with the tripped-out yet heavy ‘In This Life’. Pets Recordings artists, Polish duo Vidadrina drop ‘Queens’ next and slow the pace with a densely musical and brilliantly fluid mix of organic and electronic. Alive’s Tom Budden, an artist who’s DIY ethic has made him a constant name to watch, drops one of his most accomplished tracks yet in ‘All I Know’ – a superb slice of sensually vocal’d house. Le Vinyl & Gelabert deliver the penultimate shot for ‘Inner Circles Vol 2’ and ‘Make It’, featuring the vocals of Sacha D Flame is an outright anthem contender that melds old school rhythms with some weighty synth work. Finally, Subsonnik delivers ‘Find On Me’, an R&B tinged cut as infectious as it is well produced – a fitting closer to a brilliant pair of EPs. Idiosyncratic and very much it’s own thing, ‘Inner Circles Vol 2’, is a superb insight into a label following it’s own gut and developing some notable talent.