2019 Jul 03     
2 Bit Thugs

The band are currently in the middle of their 30th anniversary tour

What we have here is the first single from the mighty Inner City in two years. Sung by fellow Detroit native and Talib Kweli collaborator Steffanie Christi'an, Need Your Love's release (it dropped on Friday) has been timed to coincide with the UK dates of their ongoing 30th anniversary tour and, specifically, last weekend's Glastonbury slot.

With a nagging, hands-in-the-air piano line, Detroitian strings and a podium-friendly anthemic. belt-along chorus, we are in one sense in very traditional Inner City territory here. Yet in the verse sections Ms Christi'an's vocal has a throaty, raspy, Billie Holiday-like quality, which wasn't true of her either of her illustrious predecessors, and that difference in vocal timbre alone means you'd never mistake Need Your Love for a Paris Grey- or Ann Saunderson-vocalled cut from the Inner City vaults.

Mix-wise you've got Original and Extended passes to choose from, plus a Dub that strips out the verses but leaves the chorus intact. But if you do want a mix without the vocal, then head for the Kevin & Dantiez Deep Dub, a tuffer, more stripped-back ride that should take Need Your Love far beyond the happy-clappy floors and Mediterranean islands.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 28 June



Review Score: 8




Tags: Inner City, Kevin Saunderson, Dantiez Saunderson, Steffanie Christi'an, Armada Music, house