Leeds hero Joe Morris steps up for the next release on Mat Playford’s Social Problem imprint. A two-track treasure filled with sturdy dance floor groove imbued with a euphoric cosmic energy, grasping old school Chicago influences yet executed with a real modern twist.
First up ‘Velocity Heights’ gets to work with a solid driving force and pumping bass, while moody deep chords, rolling keys and a seductive female vocal creep into the equation. The track soon progresses into shimmering synth patterns that inject a feeling of elation, while the melody flows effortlessly with fluid round keys, encompassing a soulful Chicago vibe.
Over on the B-side ‘Whut’ progresses from a stripped bass line into doubled up, punching and erratic percussions. Deep, warm and melodic keys add an element of urgency while dramatic, cosmically charged synths soon swarm in to permeate the outer layers of this smooth dance floor hit.
DJing for almost twenty years, Joe Morris is a true professional when it comes to handling a pair of decks and his exceptional and versatile talents have led him to play clubs and festivals all over Europe. His love for music and talent as a DJ soon turned his attention towards music production. Since starting to produce, he’s released on labels such as Baker Street, 3AM Recordings, Midnight Social and NANG, plus an exclusive track of his was used on the ‘We Love…’ Artist Profile CD in the summer of 2011. His style favours a contemporary deep house sound while dipping into the past for inspirations, most notably the Chicago house sound. Support for his productions has come from the likes of Slam, Huxley, Dirt Crew, Mat Playford, Moodymanc, Rob Mello and Gavin Herlihy. Alongside his DJing and producing, Joe is known as one of the most respected promoters at the heart of the Leeds music scene. Running his Polaroid club night since 2004, Joe has been responsible for booking acts such as Erol Alkan, Todd Terje and Simian Mobile Disco long before they became established. As a DJ and producer, Joe is moving for strength to strength and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more of him in the future.