In its original form, "Don't Go" is something of a curiosity; a midtempo deep house track masquerading as an atmospheric chunk of late night pop. Jesse Lee Davis's vocal is strong, and perfectly compliments the shuffling, tech-tinged backing from 11 Inch. There are three remixes, all of which take the track further towards straight-up dancefloor territory. There's a slither of warm deep house from Wave Crushers, a woozy and a slightly cosmic slo-mo house version from Deepwerk and Ralf-E. Best of all, though, is Harry T James' version, which turns the track into an eccentric but beautifully produced chunk of low-key soulful pop.
You could say that 18+ have been one of the best finds from the Houndstooth lot. You could also say that the LA-based duo are the ones truly shaping the leftfield field of the label's catalogue, which is packed with more concrete shades of house or techno elsewhere. Their releases for the label have been magnificent, and this latest album, Collect, might just be some o father best work. Labelled as 'bass', the LP is actually more on the neo R&B side of things, using powerful swings of bass as its main ingredient. the duo's vocals ride high and mighty over the rickety percussion and kicks, but there's also plenty of more tranquil moments in between the storms. All in all, a warmly recommended piece of work, and one that is likely to appeal to fans of Hype Williams.