I Want U (feat Laura Lou - original 12'' mix) - (6:51) 127 BPM
I Want U (feat Laura Lou - edit) - (3:11) 127 BPM
I Want U (feat Laura Lou - EJ Da Farda remix) - (5:23) 140 BPM
I Want U (feat Laura Lou - Krissi 2step mix) - (5:04) 136 BPM
This meeting of minds between party-orientated DJ Krissi B and RnB vocalist is a match made in dancefloor heaven. "I Want U" is a fizzy bang of handbaggy beats, hypey melodies and a touch of bassline bottom end. Lou's infectious vocals are all over the different versions of the song, including the hands-in-the-air original, the dark and fast wobble banger of the EJ Da Farda mix and best of all: Krissi B's own 2-step garage mix.
Guy J's progressive house roots shine through on this first contribution to the Balance series. It's not just the sound - occasionally downtempo, always atmospheric and sometimes deliciously dreamy - but also his choice of tunes; each of the 13 tracks has been reconstructed or re-edited by the experienced Israeli producer. While this would be seen as self-indulgence in others, it gives the mix a coherence and fluidity that's never less than attractive. Wisely, he mixes it up throughout, flitting between dreamy deepness (Juan Deminicis), trippy dancefloor intensity (his edit of Radio Slave's version of APM 001's "Migrants"), picturesque goodness (Nevar's "Phases of Grief") and darting, melodic techno (Echomen).