Electronic juggernauts Faithless have departed from their recent delve into trip hop and returned to their roots in pure house music. In Not Going Home, the trio drop their politically conscious lyrics in favour of dance-hall influenced lines such as “I watch the rhythm slide right up your dress”. Maxi Jazz’s smooth, gravelly vocals are sure to melt even the coldest heart. The production work is also great, with Sister Bliss and Rollo sticking to repetitive, catchy hooks and clever vocal effects, all set against a typical house drum beat. It all sounds very simple, but to put it all together and get it to work is a complex task.
On the surface, the whole track is just a standard, generic house track, but when you look deeper into it, the intricate, thick programming and production and smooth, brilliant vocals make “Not Going Home” stand out amongst the recent crowd of dance music and pave the way for a comeback from one of the UK’s most beloved electronic acts.