b Miguel Steward, 1973, Santa Cruz, California, USA. If one person typifies the sound of New Yorks soulful deep house imprint Naked Music, that person is Miguel Migs. The hit potential of a record has always been of secondary importance to him. It is all about the emotions in the music as expressed in soulful vocals, funky basslines, catchy hooks, and upfront yet mellow deep house beats.
Migs grew up in California, becoming lead songwriter and guitarist in Santa Cruz reggae band Zion Soundz. A short-term venture, this led to Miguel branching out alone to explore the deep house he had come across in San Francisco. Blending reggae sounds with his own bass, guitar, keyboard and percussion sensibilities, Migs was able to add an organic element to his electronic music. The first release to feature this sound was 1998s Mercury Lounge EP on La Casa, marking the beginning of a period of increased recognition for his productions on the...