When I interviewed Harris earlier this year, he spoke of his very personal connection with Terre Thaemlitz, AKA DJ Sprinkles. After a series of remixes, Harris and Thaemlitz finally collaborate properly on "Companion," which is as touching an effort as you could hope for from those two and Collins. "Companion" easily stands up against recent Sprinkles tracks. It digs a tunnel of reverb for distant gospel vocals to reverberate through, and perfectly matches Thaemlitz's gift for smouldering melodies with Harris and Collins' slinky rhythms.
It's a tough act to follow, but the two other cuts, both of which are taken from the upcoming LP, do just fine. "Bring The Sun" sounds like it could've been a holdover from Minutes Of Sleep, Harris's standout solo album. Again, the duo show an uncanny gift for slow-burning drama, pairing Gry Bagoien's pained vocal with low, almost funereal synths. Where you think it might get melodramatic it stays stoic, moving with the same restrained poise as deep house producers like Traumprinz. "Faded (Dub)" is a smoky house track that shows Harris's recent obsession with layering. Listen closely and you can hear what sounds like multiple levels of granular texture, all held up by a heavy, reassuring house music heartbeat.