If the name Shaun J Wright is unfamiliar to you, his voice probably won’t be. Currently in the vocal line-up for Hercules & Love Affair, he’s the fellow providing the super soulful vocals on tracks including “My House”, “Boy Blue” and “Falling”. But on “Forevermore” he’s stepped out of the band and into the spotlight. Well, kind of; just like Kim Ann Foxman on her “Creature” EP production is handled by Hercules frontman Andy Butler, and it’s been put out on his Mr INTL label which specialises in house music with a sound located clearly in the late 80′s/early 90′s.
Taking that into account, “Forevermore” actually sounds a little more modern. Shaun’s vocal screams ‘HOUSE’ but it sits atop a strange melange of minimal beeps, squelches and analogue clicks that places the song more firmly in the tech-house camp, albeit with a very acid-ey feel remaining intact. It might take a couple of listens to snare you properly, but the combination of the menacing instrumental (which is making us think of Luke Vibert) and Wright’s inimitable voice should make this one stick.
There’s three remixes to accompany the original. Fellow Hercules vocalist Aerea Negrot makes the track less melancholy, lighter and more rhythmic, Microthol adds in some restrained jack in a similar style to Vincenzo or Jam Factory‘s acid workouts whilst the Ha-Ze Factory remix (we reckon that’s probably a sneaky Faze Action pseudonym) seems to be very similar to Microthol’s efforts, except it has a little more of the sinister squelch from the original emerging towards the end of it’s length. Head over to Beatport, which is now showcasing it’s fancy new Beta version, and get buying.
Shaun J. Wright - Forever More