The debut release on Jack for Daze, Clone's sub-label dedicated to Chicago house, doesn't deviate from that particular script. Penned by UK house veteran Neville Watson—last seen in action for Rush Hour offshoot Hour House is Your Rush—its adherence to the timeless sound probably won't appeal to those in search of innovation.
Is that such a bad thing, though? The title track leads on an eerie, Heard-style synth, underpinned by a prowling, rumbling bass. Watson's arrangement is laid back and the tempo unhurried, with the unmistakable doubled up claps only appearing mid-way through. Similarly, "Up Yours" remains at the deep end of the spectrum, based on a warm yet melancholic synth riff and a snippet of a vocal sample looped over a resonating bassline.
The remix of "Up Yours," by Gerd and label boss Serge, ups the ante and makes a nod to modern production techniques; the beats are harder, the bass more distorted and the percussion harsher. It's a concession of sorts to current tastes and a tacit admission that the sound Watson has so skilfully copied will live on for years and not daze.