Waifs & Strays man Amos Nelson serves up some vocal house goodness while the remixes tread a tougher, dubbier path
Part Time Lover is the latest project from Waifs & Strays member Amos Nelson, who teams up with two different vocalists to create a six-track release that features two remixes from PBR Streetgang and one from Gabriel Sordo.
With a funky backbeat and a great vocal by Oli Gosh, Don't Hesitate itself is a gem of a tune that sounds really summery and will no doubt be a big hit in many a sunny holiday destination – it has that perfect, polished feel with great percussion and a full sound. It's accompanied by a Dub which sounds super-slick, with minimal vox and the percussion really shining. There's a change of vocalist to Crazy P's Danielle Moore for the next track, Tired, which is another fine slice of vocal house with slick production and another funky bassline. The vocal sounds sweet, with two-part harmonies backed by a punchy rhythm track with swung drums and a very tasty string topline. There are also two breakdowns, to give the dancefloor some respite from a groovy track that will have the room pumping.
Then we come to the three remixes of Tired. PBR Streetgang are up first, completely deconstructing the track and giving it a proggy, techy vibe with a great main riff. Their Vocal Remix doesn't actually use much of the vocal, and the bit it does use is messed around with in a way that makes it sound more like an instrument; their actual Dub uses even less, and both are in stark contrast to the original. Both are also over eight minutes long, but never drag as they are so special. Completing the EP is Gabriel Sordo's Mex Remix, which has a breakbeat theme and is stripped- back and dubby throughout.
An excellent package that will doubtless be hammered by many DJs over the coming months and beyond.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 14 June
Review Score: 9