Can it really be so long since Hi-NRG, raves and up-tempo anthemic dance made its appearance in the UK? Apparently so, and what better way to commemorate the anniversary than with a new wave of artists looking to build on those foundations and deliver the experience to both new audiences and those who still fondly reminisce about those times.
Jonny Morello is one such artist. Based in Middlesbrough in the North East of England, though from an Italian background, Jonny was first inspired to make music after seeing Jay-Z playing live – the ability to unite a crowd and to change their mood from track to track was a revelation to him. Teaching himself initially by following YouTube tutorials, he soon signed up for music production courses, exploring the opportunities for sound design and production techniques with always one target in mind musically – that whatever he created be uplifting and to leave anything negative or downcast by the wayside. The result is a deliciously retro 90s-esque acid house stomper which hits the ground running and doesn’t let up.
Ever the perfectionist, it has taken Jonny four years and around 500 different versions to arrive at the finished track, Why Can’t We See, which is stuffed full of blistering keyboard-led melodies, breakbeat drums and soaring soulful vocals from Manchester-based vocalist, Gabi. It’s time to party like it’s 1998!