Two heavyweights collide, with predictably pleasing results
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, goes the old saying. And that's definitely the principle that's been applied here, as two house veterans pay tribute both lyrical and musical to, well, the spirit of house.
So don't come here looking for forward-thinking, experimental dispatches from the furthest reaches of OutThereLand… this is straight-up house music served, y'know, the way we used to. No-nonsense 4/4s? Check. Insistent, nagging piano riff? Check. Spoken vocal eulogising house music and its ability to bring people together? Check. In terms of production values Spirit Of House is thoroughly contemporary-sounding, but in terms of song structure, instrumentation and composition, it could have come out any time in the past 25-30 years.
In that case, why bother? Bother because you simply don't get to have a career as long as both ATFC and Gene Farris have unless you know what you're doing, and while cookie-cutter vocal house knocked up in 20 minutes from sample packs might not cut it any more in 2020, what emerges from the studio when it's populated by two genuine scene legends most certainly does. Spirit Of House might not be particularly groundbreaking, but it's got "summer anthem" written all over it.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 28 February
Review Score: 8