Mr G's production renaissance has been one of the more heart warming narratives of 2013 for fans of good old fashioned house and techno, with Colin McBean's popping up on all manner of labels. The Old Miami sees McBean add Gerd Janson's finely curated Running Back to his CV and there's a wonderful back story to go with it. The genesis of these two productions was this year's DEMF where McBean found himself in the backyard of the reputable veteran's club The Old Miami enjoying the sounds of Janson and young Ben UFO going B2B at a party hosted by the Visionquest crew. Suitably inspired, some time back in the Mr G studio resulted in two slabs of prime, rolling deepness that McBean does so well.
Colin McBean is one of the few artists who successfully combines soul and depth with dance floor functionality - and it's audible throughout this sampler release. McBean's work as The Reaver errs on the tougher side of his sound and "Mmmm" is a heads-down, rolling tribal affair, its tough kicks supporting a soulful vocal sample. "Hear Me Out" is cut from a similar cloth, with shaking percussion and an oversized acid line burning its way through the tracky rhythm. But the most impressive track is "Going Home", where a more understated backing track provides the basis for dreamy melodies and evocative keys, without losing its dance floor focus.