For their latest EP, NeedWant flip the traditional producer/vocalist relationship on its head, giving a vocal from one of the most revered house music singers of all time to four producers to see what they can come up with. Nicholas sets an impressively high standard with a deep, chugging house track made in the exact same spirit in which Robert Owens first entered the musical game all those years ago. It sounds way too polished to be mistaken with something genuinely from that era, but in terms of homage, it's extremely accomplished and unquestionably embodies the Chicago sound it aims to emulate.
No Regular Play go weirder, with hollow metallic clangs and retro stabs epitomising their unique approach to house. They focus on random vocal phrases that, at times, make it sound as if Owens is standing just behind your shoulder, whispering salaciously into your ear. Mario Basanov's effort is similarly superb; severely stripped back, it only has the barest of percussion and the occasional rise and fall of a pad to distract you from the vocal. The only slight miss is Kaine's effort. Opting for big chords, in a similar vein to "Love Saves the Day," it starts promisingly enough, but there's something just slightly uncomfortable about how the vocal sits on the track, which in turn never quite finds its own groove.
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Tracklist: Robert Owens - One Body Interpretations A1 One Body (Nicholas Interpretation)
A2 One Body (No Regular Play Interpretation)
B1 One Body (Mario Basavov Interpretation)
B2 One Body (Kaine Interpretation)