Making their debuts on Crosstown Rebels with a fitting tribute to Valentines, one of the undergrounds favourite twosomes Gavin Herlihy and Laura Jones unite on ‘Witching Hour / Inner Place’ - a double a-side that sees their smooth and intricate styles collide in an immaculate execution of modern house music.
Gavin brings his warm, textured grooves in ‘Witching Hour’ - a deep house gem that winds off the beaten track in true quirky Herlihy style. With an ominous low-end and warping looped vocal structures, shards of crystalline synths cut through the shadows rendering a mood that is epic and uplifting.
An established figure on the global DJ circuit, Irish born, Leeds based Gavin Herlihy, has built up an illustrious career over the past five years, including a stint in Berlin where he crafted his trade at Panorama Bar, Bar25 and Watergate. Gavin has dropped releases on some of the most prestigious labels on the planet, championed by pioneers like Pete Tong and Ricardo Villalobos. A recent collaboration with Detroit legend Delano Smith on split EP, ‘Krypton Factor’, was widely regarded as one of last year’s standout tracks and the latest on Culprit ‘Endless Feeling’ has been one of his most successful releases to date also marking shift in style.
A classically trained musician and vocalist, Laura Jones has catapulted to the forefront of her game in the past six months with massive releases on Visionquest (‘Live A Little’) and the Leftroom anthem ‘Love In Me’ – recently honoured by remixes from Maceo Plex (reaching #1 in the Beatport deep house chart as the original did), Eats Everything and Kate Simko as part of a special package. Now entering the hallowed Rebels camp, Laura is set to become UK house music royalty as 2012 will surely see her climb the ranks even higher as one of the scene’s most in-demand artists.
The piano hook central to Laura’s cut ‘Inner Place’ was an early idea born at the very beginning of the journey into Logic and formed the basis for this groove, highly emotive yet moody and deep with resonating strings and bass. In the beautifully spaced out ‘Beatless’ version, the haunting atmosphere is fully realised. It’s little wonder Laura’s signature touch on the melodic house sound has brought her to another of dance music’s leading labels.