Also intertwined into "Rules of Love" are the soulful spoken word musings of Eric D Clark: His mutterings roll alongside a tranquilized horn line and a supple groove which grows ever more prominent until the understated breakdown. When everything comes back in and the groove engages once more, it's deep but well aerated. "Closer 2 Me" is immediately more up, with prominent hand claps dragging rolling beats and gentle chord prods. Despite the increased tempo, it's still a snug slice of deep house shrouded in a warming, edge-softening mistiness.
DJ Qu's first remix of "Rules" shimmers from start to finish, moving in toward you then pulling away just as quickly. Really, it's all about repetition and the micro-evolution of his loops, with an oppressive tension never letting up throughout. Qu's second effort raises its head out of the murky depths somewhat, with dubby basslines and circling synths flowing round each other sans even the slightest sense of friction for six hypnotic minutes.