Monday, 10 May 2010

Tortured Soul - Did You Miss Me?

More soulful shenanigans from another bunch of scene stalwarts. This time you get Instrumental and Album versions, and a remix and dub apiece from Pistol Puma and Mark De Clive-Lowe.

The originals are uptempo soul that will appeal as much to R&B/pop buyers as to dance music types - the track's okay but you could almost imagine JLS singing it. Or Terrence Trent D'Arby, if you're quite old. Mark De Etc's two rubs are less pop-tastic but also a bit too muso-y and polite for these ears, so then we're left with the Pistol Puma mixes. These certainly house matters up a notch, but in a style that's a bit too close to 'funky house' for comfort on the vocal mix, so really for me it's their Dub or nothing, which has some nice little 'drop'-type sounds in it.

It's a shame cos the song itself is quite strong, as is the vocal. But when you're left thinking "Well, I might play the Dub…" you can't help thinking a trick's been missed, somewhere. If I gave out marks out of ten on here, this'd be a six.

Out: This week

About: This is on Dome Records, who to be fair sell themselves as a soul/R&B label not a dance music label, so perhaps my gripes above are a tad unfair/missing the point. Anyway that's doubtless me off their mailing list, but here's their website anyway.

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