Following the formula set by XL Records on their 2010 album made with Gil-Scott Heron, soul star Bobby Womack is given a pleasing sonic overhaul on this album, produced by label-boss Richard Russell and Damon Albarn (returning the favour after Womack appeared on Gorillaz' "Plastic Beach"). Adopting a much more spiritual and meditative tone than previously heard from the 68-year old from Cleveland, songs like "If There Wasn't Something There", "Deep River" and "Please Forgive My Heart" are tender, deep yet still imbued with the funk of his cross-generational roots.
Can you imagine a more perfect mix - the innately soulful yet age-worn vocals of American singer Bobby Womack and the effervescent and vital bad-boy house of Julio Bashmore? XL really nail it with this remix release of this highlight from Womack's latest album, with the Bristolian house god spending a good couple of minutes teasing the track in as vocals are looped and basslines drill into your head, before unleashing a classy and sunny beat for full orgasmic revelry. Exemen do a great job with the tune too on their rerub - gearing up for the Notting Hill Carnival with a dubby 2-step remake.