Colin 'Mr G' McBean has faced and overcome a lot of personal upheaval - did his faith in God or house music help him to do so? On the evidence of Battle, it sounds like it was a combination of both. "Daily Prayer" has those unmistakably raw Mr G beats, scuffled somewhat by murky acid, but as always, he succeeds in combining them with unlikely elements. In this instance, housey piano keys and an uplifting vocal give thanks for being alive. "2000 & When" is more physical, less emotional; its central driving force are G's heavy, tribal beats. But again he remembers the soulful as well as the visceral and a neat 'down down down' vocal sample is fused with eerie strings to create another masterpiece from this house music survivor.
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