River Ocean Featuring India ‎– Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (The Tribal EP)

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1 Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (Radio Edit) 4:05
2 Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (12" Club Mix) 9:55
3 La Rumba 5:13
4 Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (Dream Sequence) 4:18
5 Tito & India 7:45
6 Conga Drums 7:30
7 Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (Junior Boys Own Super Dub)
Engineer, Programmed By – Daddy MarcKeyboards [Additional] – Usuchi Coassen*Remix, Producer [Additional] – Express 2*
8 Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (The Unreleased Mix) 8:54



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I first took note of this when I scanned a German compilation "Club U.S.A.", only to find out that the track was not yet released as a single in the Netherlands. Things radically changed when Essential Dance Music finally released it, claiming it to be the Summer hit of 1994. Although not reflected in terms of sales, "Love and happiness" became the Summer anthem of 1994 for many dance music fans, including myself.

This Dutch release (same tracks as the US version) was my favourite CD maxi single of 1994! An amazing mixture of house, latin, tribal and club, featuring live percussion by the legendary Tito Puente, great vocals by India and a supreme Masters At Work production. This Dutch CD release combines all 6 tracks from the original "Tribal EP" double vinyl, plus the Unreleased / House Nation mix from the one-sided SR12231. A radio edit is added as well, running 4:40 (not 4:05), so big value for money those days.

The original mixes have the focus on various aspects of the track, be it the MAW groove (dream sequence), India's vocals (Tito & India) or the rhythm section (Conga & Drums). X-Press 2 delivers a faster paced version with less vocals (but enough to recognise the tune) which was the more popular version in Europe (it was also featured on the second Dutch iT mix album). The House Nation mix contains similar drumbeats as the ones Todd Terry were to use for his remix of EBTG's "Missing"...

Please note that the radio versions in various countries are different from each other.

The India mix on the German release is a re-edit of the original. It starts with the second (English) "Love and happiness" part and fades into the first "Yemaya Y Ochun" part using the conga and drums, so you miss the jungle intro of the original.



Definitive PERIOD. Golden House here, and it shows. I remember people screaming and running to the dance floor when this track would play in the clubs. I had the honor of seeing Ms. India perform this live in NY and it is something I'll never forget. It's nice to see the 2007 reworking of this appear along with all the original mixes. If you can find the American edition of The Tribal EP snatch that sucker up! It really is quite rare and valuable. Anytime I see it on eBay it usually goes for $50. or more, and with good reason. It sets the standard.



From the golden age of Masters at Work comes what could possibly be their finest production, <I>Love and Happiness</I>. India again provides the vocals (in English and Yoruba!), and let me tell you, that woman has some pipes on her! Add in some drumming by Tito Puente, and you have a classic, hands down. With the otherworldly vocals and dreamy arrangement, it’s no wonder that this track made the impact that it did. As for the mixes, La Rumba and the Dream Sequence both go into downtempo territory while the Unreleased Mix and the Junior Boys Own Super Dub speed things up a bit, but the original 12” Club Mix stands as a singular achievement.