One Man's Quest - Smiling Faces 95'
WB003 - 12" Vinyl
Since launching last year, Ari Goldman's World Building label has delivered a couple of killer EPs that look to vintage '90s house for inspiration. It's rather fitting, then, that the imprint's latest 12" is a reissue of an obscure white label from 1995. "Smiling Faces" saw One Man's Quest (AKA Bob Vega and Douglas Johnson) brilliantly re-invent the Rare Earth classic of the same name. While the A-side club versions - think bumpin', soulful, ultra-deep, organ-sporting New Jersey deep house - are undeniably brilliant, the real gems can be found on the flipside. Here, as on the original 1995 Vandal Records 12", the forgotten production pair re-cast the song as a slo-mo chunk of hazy, piano-heavy "R&B". Simply essential !