- Shara Nelson doesn’t have a voice that lends itself to happy songs. It’s difficult to imagine her belting out ‘My Humps’ or suchlike. She can do life-affirming melancholy, however, which is roughly where this song sits.
The theme is of a bittersweet relationship and, of course, Shara’s getting the shitty end of the stick: ”You’ll never see inside of me, never want to know what’s wrong, never want to go that deep.”
But on the Charles Webster remix, married to Superpitcher-like soft tones and gently swelling bass, it’s very hard not to get caught up in the emotion of it all—you know it’s a bit hokey, and her voice inevitably conjures memories of Massive Attack playing in Starbucks, but despite all that this song really works. I can definitely see Michael Mayer or Ewan Pearson playing this while hordes of happy people blink back the occasional tear.
And despite the vocal being the most obvious facet of the song, it’s not the best thing about it. Charles Webster’s production is incredibly good—the song swells and bursts, tickles and teases and thumps satisfyingly where required. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with simplicity in music, indeed that’s what techno and house are basically about, but this here is a proper song, with the complexity and nuance that goes with that. Webster’s not that well known, but hopefully we’re going to see more of the same from him after this.
On the flipside, the Redanka mix is a whole other story, and is the reason this release can’t get more than 3.5 out of 5. Here we are demonstrated clearly just how close this song sails to being the worst kind of euro-cheese. Every corny trick is pulled to try and wring emotion out of the production, but you’ve heard them all before (probably in neon-lit pubs with crisps on the floor and fruit machines in the corner). Do yourself a favour and don’t listen to it as it will tarnish the Webster mix by association.
A Go That Deep (Charles Webster Remix)
B Go That Deep (Redanka's 93 Vocal Mix)