A valuable reissue of classics from a low-key house US producer.
The bass playing is what's immediately striking on "I Needed," a Hanna classic previously only available on the 2004 CD-only album, Exquisite Style. I remember the first time I heard it in the back of a car driven by a devoted Hanna fan. The bright synth solos, fretless bass and gospel-influenced vocal demonstrated a musical aptitude rarely heard in dance tracks. The B-side off this valuable Melodies International reissue, "Intercession, On Behalf," is equally worth your time, with dextrous vocal cut-ups reminiscent of Todd Edwards' classic remix of St. Germain's "Alabama Blues." On each track, the master musician refrains from showiness, each brilliant melody in service of a larger, exultant whole.