BBH: South Street Player, (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind

[Strictly Rhythm]

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You’ll read a lot about how house music and in particular vocal tracks, lift you up, carry you along with a feeling, make you moist around the tear ducts. For me, most of that carries about as much weight as hearing kids in California harp on about P.L.U.R. back in the mid 90’s while they sucked on pacifiers and sported gargantuan, street sweeping baggy jeans. But I have to be honest that there are a select few vocal house tunes that can, to this day, send a shiver up my spine and have me dabbing at the corners of my eyes. Roland Clark’s South Street Player alias only graced two releases, but throughout his entire career that has spanned over twenty years this Strictly Rhythm release under that name is undoubtedly the highlight.

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His vocal spots for Fatboy Slim and Armand Van Helden may have earned him more recognition, but in terms of raw emotion “(Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind” wins hands down. The Night Mix is my pick of the two; the Club Mix focuses on a happier, jazzy vibe that Van Helden seems to have taken a few pointers from himself. The Night Mix’s deep organ swells set the mood for a soulful experience, riding out for a good minute before Clark’s falsetto drops. In the tradition of great Philly soul vocals, he spins a tale of lament for a lover with a wandering spirit, but the feeling he injects into the unoriginal subject matter is enough raise the hairs on the back of your neck. By today’s standards the production of this 1993 classic leaves a lot to be desired but despite this its bitter-sweet sentiment leaves most other vocal tracks for dead.

Tom  on March 11, 2010 at 4:46 AM

Great track indeed. Disagree on the production standards though. I wish more of today’s tracks had a really good and simply executed idea, rather than relying on studio tricks to cover up a lack of ideas!

theo  on March 11, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Indeed great track, but recording a soulful house live or even live on stage(club), it will go a long way.


Tucky  on April 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Beautiful beautiful tune.

dj Eunik1  on April 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM

this guy is awesome on the vocals , kinda reminds me of FLowers , keep up the good work guys !!

matt densham  on April 15, 2010 at 2:14 AM

a reminder of happy days indeed. I’m not one to spout about the good ole days… in fact i rail against all folk that go on about how it used to be better ‘back in the day’

This does make me blub mind, get in!

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