The single trails Barker's soon-come fourth studio album
Originally out on Disco Gecko, this is the first single from singer-songwriter Sophie Barker’s forthcoming album Neon Lines. Genre-wise I'd describe it as "light progressive house", but it could fit into a number of different sets: Barker, a gifted vocalist who's worked with David Guetta, Zero 7, Groove Armada, The Egg and Robin Guthrie from the Cocteau Twins, among others, has put in a fine performance here. The production on this remix – by Krafted main man Paul Sawyer and Simon Sinfield – is also of a high standard.
Their Vocal mix starts with a kick drum and a bongo/conga loop, then brings in the main synth riff and an arpeggio top line, setting the stage nicely for the introduction of the vocal, which is accomplished, sultry and full of emotion but sounds restrained, in a good way. It sits well in the mix, and the track is a groover that should be well received for its versatility. There's a nice breakdown where a simple but effective piano line joins the fray, along with some subtle pads to amp up the emotion, and it all reminds me a little bit of Everything But The Girl’s mid-90s hit Missing. If it can emulate that track's success they're definitely on to a winner!
The accompanying Instrumental version will suit the sets of DJs that shy away from vocal tracks, but I'll take the haunting, evocative vocal mix all day long.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 9 July
Review Score: 8