Making his debut on IAHG is L.A. based artist/producer/songwriter Mikey V (Classic, Dirtybird, Cajual, Defected) with his 'Can't Fight The Feeling' EP. 'Can't Fight The Feeling' features four original tracks of raw, funky tech house showcasing the signature production style that has led to DJ support for Mikey from the likes of Derrick Carter, Eats Everything, and Claude Von Stroke.
The title cut blends funky, skippy beats, a nervous insistent synth and chopped up vocal snippets to great effect, whilst 'Candy Flip', the result of an extended jam on a Roland TR-8, takes a more old school electro-ish approach. 'Everybody Freakin' is a tribal/deep Prince inspired number - 'My little way of saying thank you to one of the greatest artists of our time' says Mikey, and the skeletal 'Crazy' finishes off the package perfectly with its stripped-down garage beats perfectly framing the voice of Portland vocal talent Mena.
This is a unique, idiosyncratic, future-tech take on the house music template, innovative whilst never losing its funkiness; perfect for 3 AM sessions in dark basements and perfect for IAHG. Mikey V: 'Sneak has always been one of my biggest influences, so it's a great accomplishment to be on IAHG. The House Gangster sound encapsulates proper, dirty, underground vibes, and raw, bangin' beats infused with tech, reminiscent of the 90s Chicago jackin' sound that inspired me, along with so many others, to get into house music.' True dat.
We're looking forward to plenty more killer cuts from Mikey. In the meantime, 'Can't Fight The Feeling' is released on IAHG on the 13th January.