Label: Virgin Catalogue
The conventional history of dance music breaks down into a pair of binaries: Chicago and Detroit, house and techno. But Inner City, helmed by Kevin Saunderson -- a member of the "Belleville Three" alongside Juan Atkins and Derrick May -- and featuring Chicago singer Paris Grey, complicated that schema. The group's sound fused Detroit's futuristic electronics with the celebratory vibe of Chicago and New York house; their ear for a hook made them pop to the core. The singles "Big Fun" and "Good Life" both were top 10 hits in the U.K.; their debut album is a landmark of late '80s electronic soul.