Music Director Kevin Sands brings us back to the origins of house music with Fingers Inc.!
Few albums get the claim to have invented an entire genre of music. After all, most genres change so gradually that it is impossible to attach the birth of one entirely to one artist.
But it’s not like that with all genres. With Deep House, its inception lies firmly in one album: “Another Side,” by Fingers, Inc.
What producer Larry Heard, aka Mr. Fingers, and vocalists Robert Owens and Ron Wilson created is a sound that really encapsulates all that House should be: strong basslines, pulsating four-on-the-floor drums, and atmospheric synths. The album’s real triumph, however, lies in its soulful and jazzy aspects. On songs like “Bye Bye,” Owens’ vocals soar over the fairly complex chords that repeat in the background.
“Another Side” had its inception in two huge singles that were released years earlier: “Can You Feel It” and “Mysteries of Love.” These singles remain absolute classics, and are undeniably the peaks of the album. With “Can You Feel It” especially, Heard manages to make a statement that is both simple and complex, overt and subtle, fun and unmistakably cool.
The influence of Fingers, Inc. survives today. With the rise of Deep House-influenced artists in the UK, like Julio Bashmore and Disclosure, many clubs have returned to playing soulful, cool and non-abrasive dance music. If this trend continues, we should see tracks from “Another Side” continue to brighten up DJ sets for a long time.