The Black Rascals were Josh Milan and Kevin Hedge, better known for their prolific output as—you guessed it—Blaze. It was a moniker for which they seemingly reserved their very deepest endeavours. Nothing, however, plunged deeper than "Theme," and all it took to get it there was a bassline. There's precious little else: a kick drum, an offbeat hi-hat, a chord stab. That's it. But then you hear that bassline and you want to throw away your sequencer; you want to learn how to play properly, how to improvise, how to feel. It smoulders its way effortlessly around the blues scale in a constant state of variation. Every dominant and diminished seventh produces a wince of the soul and you remember why you love house, nay, music in general.
It's a slight shame that the record is missing its original a-side companion, "Keeping My Mind"—a rousing piece of vocal work that follows a definite continuity—but if it can only be one, then let it be "Theme." Deep house is as popular now as it ever was then, though it's nowhere near as thrilling.