Review: Vibraphone Records continues to deepen its contemporary repertoire by inviting Andrew Soul into the fold with a vocal contribution from house music legend Robert Owens. "Slipping Into Darkness" is a beautifully rendered deep house gem with expressive piano work, rubbery bass synth tones, but in some ways the minimalism of Vincent Floyd's remix gives Owens' vocals a chance to take centre stage. "As You Are" is a crooked, broken beat exploration on the fringes of deep house, and Owens' voice sounds resplendent in the more experimental surroundings before Nick Anthony Simoncino comes on board with a 90s flavoured, darkside remix of the highest order.
Review: Two true legends of gloriously soulful house music united, with a host of quality remixes included too. Featured here as the 'classic' mix, DJ Spen's collaboration with vocalist Robert Owens still sparkles with warm Rhodes piano and gospel vocals to the fore. The Layabouts bring it into 2010 with a deep and minimal-tech groove that provides an icy soundbed for Owens' vocals to cut through. By contrast, Brazil's DJ Meme flips it into a Love Unlimited-style disco classic with gorgeous strings layered over club beats. The 'reprise' version included is a particular gem - an edit of Meme's mix with just the strings, keys and vocals present that's guaranteed to have your heart soaring. The Groove Assassins stay closest to the original by subtly tightening up the beats and sharpening the rhythms into something that works well for 2010. With various dubs and instrumentals available, it's a DJs dream package and a great re-release of a seriously soulful masterpiece.