If you went to the record store looking for ‘house music, you were looking for the records being played in the warehouse. Before wealthy venues embraced the sound (before it became a “commercially viable, million dollar market,”) house was made with modest, sometimes illegal venues in mind. The towering walls of the warehouse allowed the music to be as big as it wanted while retaining its street cred.
As it faded into obscurity in the ’90s and ’00s, the music adopted a subtler energy for the heads to cut shapes to in low lit rooms. It lived in small clubs for nearly thirty years, but today, as house hits the world stage, major recording artists threaten to forever associate house with festivals and giant, corporate venues. Everyone wants a warehouse, but throw too much money at it and the party loses its charm, right?
London based innovator, RinseFM DJ and long time grime and house producer T. Williams is well aware of the trends. But rather than fight them, he threatens to adapt. He keeps the whole thing fresh with his Feelings Within EP, nodding strong to house norms in lead track “On My Own,” flooding the room with potent, bright vocals by TALA, but then uses that momentum to lead us into a much bigger room.
On final track “Three Letters,” T keeps the beat with a classic house shout, a mean mugging, distorted bassline hinting at grime and rising, adrenaline encouraging buildups that never quite drop. “Three Letters” keeps us suspended at a higher energy than we’re used to in house, but the trend is real and Williams rolls with it.
It’s only been a year since his Pain & Love EP, but in contrast to the traditional house and grime sounds of that record, Feelings Within moves the music forward, infusing new energy into a genre that yearns to fill a bigger room.
Williams takes the reins.
Full EP will contain 4 tracks. See tracklist and hear the wovvy “Mobb” via FACTMag