I first stumbled upon the music of London underground house mainstay Mr. G in 2000, off a progressive house compilation I bought in Baltimore called Duty Free 2. This was my introduction to the sound of deep house, and though I wasn’t aware of the distinction at the time, it’s effect lasted long enough to guide my musical interest toward that sound, even long after I lost the CD.
It took me a few years to rediscover Mr. G, on the other side of the fence as a musical explorer in 2008. Now, there is a treasure trove of deep grooves to be found in Mr. G (aka Colin McBean), which from what I gather only started to gain recognition until recently. An active member of the global house music movement since the late 80’s, his support for and development of this particular strain of deep house strikes at the core of the floor, but I believe the music also makes you think.
The repetitive quality, coupled with subtle evolutions in the sound over the course of each track, creates a hypnotic ambiance that has meditative qualities (do not read: Trance). Many times…many, many times have I slipped into a light sleep while listening to one of Mr. G’s tracks, as early as the night I bought the CD, I remember slipping in and out of sleep along the moonlit highway, the brain firing REM visions I can’t recall but likely remain in my subconscious to this day.
If you listen closely, you can hear some of the consistent threads of his unique sound in different tracks. There’s an almost Lynchian message that you can make out if you can locate enough of his back-catalogue to piece together. Fortunately, he remains an active producer, and will likely do so for as long as time permits. While the search engines today are still not so friendly to his name, those who know how to find him will not be disappointed by what they come across.
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