Boomkat Product Review:
Dusted deep house suite from Herbert, getting back in the groove for first time in years, and with typically soulful alacrity and patented sound design.
Allied with myriad vocalists (Joy Morgan, Mel Uye-Parker, Bianca Rose, Verushka, Allie Armstrong, Y’akoto, Siân Roseanna and Daisy Godfrey) diffracted across a spectrum of deeper house styles, from dubby to swanging, ambient, jazzy and tropical; Herbert places his signature concrète sampling and sound design tekkers at the service of an easy going sound that expresses the anima of an aesthetic that he’s worked towards for over a quarter century.
With this latest collection primed by some choice reissues, we find Herbert effectively redecorating his metaphorical abode, working with no fewer than eight new vocalists who each lend a subtle shading but hold together as nuanced aspects of a collective voice. From the cloudy smoking room dub ambience of ‘Two Doors’, which places Joy Morgan in very Rhythm & Sound-like settings, to the symphonic soul hall of ‘Gold Dust’ with a purring Bianca Rose, who also lights the up-stepper ‘Chain Reaction,’ and via the butter chords of ‘Hypnotised’ with an effervescent Mel Uye-Parker, thru to the tip of tongue downbeat sensation in ‘The Way’ with Y’koto, and delicious Detroit beatdown nod ‘Tell Me A Secret’ featuring Siân Roseanna, and spry 2-step/broken beat depth of ‘Be Young’, there’s no mistaking this is Herbert back to his emotive best.