Timeless street soul reissued with a fresh remix.
So rather than spring £1,995 for a copy, Be With reissues "Check 4 U" and offers a chance to properly assess a sound of Manchester that was overshadowed outside of Northern England. As Mark Rae recalled in a 2016 Noisey piece about street soul, "The Madchester stuff was a story being sold to the outside world. In… the rest of the inner city, it was all black music. All the heads that had the record stores in Manchester were selling jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop." Despite the spartan sound of "Check 4 U," one can hear flecks of funk, soul and hip-hop in the space between the bass throb, ringing chimes and the aching and saccharine R&B vocal.
The track is exquisite all on its own, but for good measure, Metrodome adds a remix to the flip. His "UK-Gee Remix" adds a dash of UK funky to the mix, showing how the tune easily blended into the 2-step of the era. After the starkness of the A-side, it feels a little busy, but it makes it into a more dance floor-friendly tune. It's hard to top the original though, which in its grooves suggests a simpler, sweeter time.