12in released: Nov 29, 2019
(Item no longer available)

1. I Needed
2. Intercession, On Behalf
Cat No: MEL018
Barcode: 5053760053774
Packaging: 12in

Melodies International are extremely excited to bring forward
their latest reissue and 18th release, presenting two of their
favourite tracks by Chicago based house virtuoso Warren Harris
aka Hanna: I Needed / Intercession, On Behalf.
Over the past couple decades, Harris' prolific output has
sprawled over fifty records including ten full length albums with
releases on renowned labels such
as Theo Parrish's Sound Signature, showcasing his uniquely
distinctive blend of jazz harmony and traditional musicianship
with club oriented drum programming and consonant use of
samples infused with a strong uplifting sense of spirituality and
Listening to Harris' music, his sound can be perceived as a
direct reflection of his rich musical upbringing and diverse music
related life experiences. Brought up in a musical family in
Cleveland, Harris studied double bass privately with one of the
bass players from the Cleveland Orchestra Choir his mom sang
in. He then went on to play in a heavy metal band in high
school! It's not until he met local DJs Dan Curtin and Mike Filly
when he started working in a music store that he started
producing electronic music.
Hearing Harris making beats, both Curtin and Filly suggested he
should try to make Techno, although he had no prior club
experience or knowledge of DJ culture. In his own words "that
would explain my earlier works that had tracks fading and no
long drum intros".
Amusingly, it's Harris' perspective as an outsider and complete
disinterest in attempting to emulate fads from the "scene" which
seem to fuel his own singular and personal take on house
music. I Needed and Intercession, On Behalf, two tracks that
were originally released on his CD only album Exquisite Style
from 2004 are perfect embodiments of Harris' style at their
peak. His usage of uplifting gospel samples blend in perfectly
with the rest of the tracks, built around his own takes on garage
beats, ethereal pads and catchy lead patterns.