Timeless house music, reissued.
This makes total sense. The track exemplifies everything great about Herbert's house music at the time. He'd recently begun working with the vocalist Dani Siciliano, releasing an album together that year called Around The House, and her voice is the track's most memorable feature (although that bassline comes a close second). The looped vocal refrain—"Be-fore"—is the kind of thing that gets lodged in the mind for months, although it probably helps that it's backed by deliciously smoky chords and drums. The also exquisite "So Now" appeared on Around The House, an album on which Herbert began flexing his conceptual muscles by recording sounds from around his home. Sure, there's a feeling of non-standard sound sources here, plinks and plonks etc, but this doesn't detract from the deep, sultry groove.
"We All Need Love" and "Got To Sing" are more minimally minded. There seems to be some garage in the DNA of "We All Need Love," which bumps at a chilled 120 BPM with intermittent vocal samples and humid chord stabs creating an enveloping atmosphere. "Got To Sing" is also 120 BPM but it's quite a bit meaner. The kick and bass are a rugged foundation for the organ part, which falls away as snares start hitting on the 1/4 note and the track's intensity is ramped skywards. Even leaving aside the exceptional quality levels here, I Hadn't Known (I Only Heard) is a super useful EP for DJs: four signature Herbert classics for different parts of your evening.