George Fitzgerald – Needs You
Although George Fitzgerald isn’t new to the scene, 2012 has definitely been his year. After the stunning Shackled announced a real force at the start of the year, Fitzgerald has gone from strength to strength, with a series of classy remixes and production gigs as well as the huge Child EP, which bred club anthems Child and Lights Out. Here the prolific producer takes to the unstoppable Hypercolour imprint for what is perhaps his best, and indisputably his biggest release to date.
Needs You is the enormous A-side that is destined to dominate dancefloors; with softly insistent pads building to a showstopping three-note bassline that assails the ears alongside breathily seductive vocals and a classic jacking house beat. The B-side, Every Inch, is a moodier affair and could be perhaps called the spiritual successor to Lights Out; offering the same hushed tension as this rolling house number unfurls over persistent synth-work and an incredibly catchy vocal line. Remix duties are capably supplied by scene stalwart Deetron, who breaks the B-side down into a symphony of bleeping synths and whirring atmospherics. It’s a much slower build than the original tracks, and surely destined for the deeper end of the house dancefloors, but the remix certainly doesn’t want for quality. Still, you’ll keep this release for the two ace original tracks, which seem to suggest that Fitzgerald is one of the most consistent house producers in the current scene.