Formed in 1987 by Detroit ‘techno’ godfather Kevin Saunderson, Inner City is considered one of the most influential dance acts of all time. Beloved for some of dance music’s most influential singles and a revolutionary live show, Inner City took Detroit techno to the masses to the tune of 4 Gold Singles & 1 Gold Album; 8 Top 40 hits and two Top 20 albums; 4 #1 Billboard Club Hits & 7 #1 club hits in the UK; and was named “Best Dance Act in the world” by DMC in 1989 & 1992. After a 2009 world tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Paradise”, the ground breaking classic first album, Inner City returns to top form with their new single Mark Wilkinson & Mikalis vs Inner City – “Good Love”.
In 1987, Kevin Saunderson – still in college and recording out of his basement studio – produced a track which he later felt needed lyrics. Enter… Chicago chanteuse, Paris Grey, who was recommended to him and the two of them, collaborated on the single “Big Fun” which hit the British charts in 1988 with surprising crossover success. It was quickly followed up with the Top Ten single “Good Life” and the UK Top 10 debut album Paradise (including further singles “Do You Love What You Feel” and “Ain’t Nobody Better.”)
“Paradise Remixed” followed in 1990 and the singles “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin” and “That Man (He’s Mine)” lit up dancefloors around the world, spreading the word about techno to hundreds of thousands of mainstream clubbers familiar only with house music. Inner City’s second album “Fire” followed on the success with hit singles “Hallelujah” and “Till We Meet Again”. The third album “Praise” featured the hits “Pennies from Heaven”, which entered the UK Charts at Number 24 and “Hallelujah 92” which quickly followed, entering the Chart at Number 22. “Testament 93” (a collection of some of the best remixes commissioned) followed in early 1993, which was also their last release with Virgin Records.
In the spring of 1993 the band signed to a new label, Six6 Records. Their first single was the popular track “Back Together Again” followed up by singles “Do Ya”, “Share My Life” and “Ahnonghay”. The group then went on a brief break as Saunderson returned to his more experimental roots with work as The Reese Project (with his then wife Ann who co-wrote and did all the vocal arrangements on the album “Faith, Hope & Clarity”). In 1995, the band returned from their brief hiatus, with their aptly titled single “Hiatus”, swiftly followed by “Your Love” which entered the UK Charts at Number 27. “Do Me Right” was released in 1996.
In 1999 the band signed to PIAS and scored a Top 10 single, in the UK, with their Spanish version of “Good Life,” re-titled “Good Life (Buena Vida)”. The single went on to sell over 100,000 copies. 2000 saw the release of “Good Love” and although it didn’t receive a full release, in the UK, it received critical acclaim.
Inner City’s female counterpart to Paris Grey is the inimitable Ann Saunderson. Known for her contribution to the1992 hit, “Pennies From Heaven,” Ann also provided guest vocals (and co-wrote) two of Octave One’s single releases, including the hugely successful dance anthem “Blackwater” (which was covered twice in 2010 alone) and “Somedays.” Ann’s worked with a who’s who of dance music talent and will play an integral role along side Kevin Saunderson and Paris Grey in the creation of Inner City’s new artist CD.
Flash forward to the present and this brand new remix of “Good Love” sees UK DJ/Producer/Remixer/Kidology founder Mark Wilkinson and Brighton based DJ/Producer/Remixer Mikalis bring this classic track back to life…It’s an epic journey destined to set dance floors on fire once again.
The band is currently hard at work on a brand new artist album. In the meantime, “Good Love” is set for release on Beatport on Monday 18th April on KMS Records… A new sound… for a new generation.
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.