Archie B returns to Mark Radford's label, and brings the old skool vibes with him
A fine three-track house release with nice use of vocal samples throughout is what we have here, as Archie B returns to Audio Rehab.
Leave Me itself is up first. It starts with a choppy snare and clap, quickly joined by a kick and cowbell that set the pace nicely for the inclusion of the first cut-n-paste vocal, a female sung “na, na, na, na, na” that acts as the track's main hook, which works really well and gives it plenty of old school charisma. Next up is another old school house jam called Working With Me, which has skippy percussion, a rave-y stabbed keyboard riff and more cut-n-paste vocals – this time spoken female lines which again give the track, a builder with lots of sounds, lots of attitude and a few breakdowns thrown in for good measure, a great early house feel. Finally you have Higher, which starts with a dreamy chord sequence, female vocals and a distinctive electro bassline. As the track progresses other sounds are added, including a riser which takes you to a breakdown. This one's more of a warmer-upper or a late night chillin' tune, but it's still good.
So there you have it: three fine tunes, all with a very traditional approach to production and all featuring female vocals. My favourite is Working With Me, but I’ll no doubt play them all.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 11 February
Review Score: 8