Icee Hot Bring The Feeling On With M.K., Todd Edwards and Scottie Deep

If you’re a ’90s house and garage aficionado or you came through that era and were immersed in the club tracks that defined it, then there is absolutely no way you could have missed M.K. (Marc Kinchen), his brother Scottie Deep (Scott Kinchen) or Todd Edwards. If you grooved, swooned and swayed to those sounds back then, well you’re in for a treat at the end of the month. The young men at Icee Hot have decided to chuck the whole gang of them at us on July 3oth. Not three bad you might be inclined to think, and you’d be right to think that. These producers were at the forefront of the uptempo dance music coming out of the US east coast between ’92 and the end of the decade. Their music not only shaped the house music that would emerge from Europe in the next decade, but also the more distinctly British variants of the US garage sound, like speed garage, 2 step garage and UK funky.

Mark Kinchen was a product of the Detroit techno scene of the late ’80s, producing his first track at 16 after a chance meeting with Terence Parker in 1988. That track was the techno/acid classic “1st Bass” by Separate Minds. It came out on an EP on Express Records that also contained tracks by Parker and Les Robinson. Kevin Saunderson heard the track and licensed it to the Techno 1 compilation on his KMS label. This got the ball rolling for Kinchen. By the early ’90s he had moved to New York and fallen into the same scene as Todd Terry — by then a production veteran but embarking on a new, evolved approach to the NY garage sound — and Masters At Work (a name once used by Terry but given to Louie Vega and Kenny Gonzalez) who were just beginning an epic production and remixing run that would quite possibly define the sound of ’90s NY.

Kinchen’s sound was unique in that it fused the soulfulness of NY/NJ garage and the more abstract sound of Detroit techno. In some ways his music was an early form of tech house. His big break came when he remixed a song for the little known Scottish funk group Nightcrawlers called “Push The Feeling On.” He had submitted a remix and just as he was getting ready for a flight to Detroit from NY, his manager called to tell him the label didn’t like his mix. One of his speakers was blown, his mixing board was on the floor; basically his studio was disassembled, but he attempted another mix. Cobbled together in 30 mins with the vocal samples chopped up, it was carried out with just one speaker operational and became the track that propelled him into to A-list of dance music remixers. And the rest is, as they say, history.

To be continued.

Chris Orr