- With well-received EPs for Futureboogie and Sonar Kollektiv under their belts, former Underworld man Darren Emerson and vocalist Peter Josef's The White Lamp project is gradually gaining momentum. This release, Hotflush's first of 2014, should garner more positive attention. "Ride With You" is a bluesy vocal house slow-burner that's reminiscent of Death In Vegas. Steady drums and deliberate bass are the bed for Josef's louche vocal, around which acid-leaning wisps of synth gradually begin to crackle and twist. It's a richly atmospheric piece aimed more at home listening than the dance floor.
The two remixes offer differing but similarly floor-friendly interpretations. ItaloJohnson speed up elements of the vocal and add punchy snares and glowing house keys. Mike Dehnert's rework is far starker. He takes a bed of flinty percussion (and not much else) and lays echoing excerpts from the vocal across it. Both will be of use to DJs, but neither stands out as especially inspired. Closing the package is Emerson's "Dub Extravaganza" version, which stretches past the ten-minute mark in a hyper-linear sweep of driving bass, claps and glistening vocal snippets.
A1 Ride With You (ItaloJohnson Remix)
A2 Ride With You (Original Mix)
B1 Ride With You (Darren Emerson´s Dub Extravaganza)
B2 Ride With You (Mike Dehnert Remix)