This release was meant to have been called "Virgo & Adonis) and have two Marshall Jefferson tunes and two Adonis tunes on it (one being 'No Way Back'). Adonis pulled 'No Way Back' from the release after he saw the crowd going wild to it in a club. He also pulled the other tune, 'The Final Groove" as well, but that was never released. 'My Space' & 'R U Hot Enough' were last minute replacement tunes. There was also an unreleased version of 'Under You' entitled 'The Pleasure Exchange', which was also never released. It had female vocals and breathing on it. Ron Hardy played it, and there might well be one or two copies floating around on tape.
Everybody's has his favourite, but "R U hot enough" is the one for me here. OK, the sound is not that good, the production level is low BUT : what you get here is a real corker of a tune which starts with looped pianos, fierce drums (remember, this is 1986), then mourning strings rise in the background, and finally synth stabs build some more tension, only for some more strings to soothe it all at the same time.
What is soul? This is, I'm not going to argue about it!
It must have sounded like it was beamed from Mars on dancefloors, back then.
Difficult to speak about music that must be heard to be believed.
I was just thinking about the few amazing Virgo tracks that I've ever heard. Thought I'd check out the comments for 'Free Yourself' and so must add some more high praise. It's the only one I've heard off the EP so far (it's on the FK Essential Mix), and indeed it is deeper, more atmospheric, and colourfully-textured than anything. A strange piece of transportational beauty. Very hard to believe that such a track could ever be conceived at any point in time. As though when you stop listening to it, it has ceased to have ever existed.
This is one of the greatest moments in dance music, period. Marshall Jefferson and Adonis showed everyone how it is done waaay back in 1986, with the barest of equipment making classic deep house, back in the day when this kind of music was all called simply house music. All four tracks (ranging in mood from sleazy to relaxed) are unique, however it is "Free Yourself" which sets this record apart. This track is a deep, dreamy, atmospheric masterpiece that will amaze even the casual music fan, the minute the needle hits the groove - an absolute classic!!!