X-Press 2 ‘Muse’

Artist: X-Press 2
Title: Muse
Label: Acid Jazz
Cat. #: AJXD758
Format: Digital
Release Date: 16th June 2023

Following Acid Jazz’s acquisition of X-Press 2’s catalogue and their early works being added to streaming sites, the pivotal UK house duo return with a second new single from this latest chapter in their storied career.

House music would sound very different without the work of this legendary pair. For the last three decades, they have been serving up a broad spectrum of music that ranges from catchy and anthemic to more dark and moody via the charismatic sounds of their last single ‘You Know (Everybody)’. They won an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Lazy ft David Byrne’ and have even had their tunes synced by fashion house Givenchy, but never have they stopped evolving, as four fantastic studio albums have shown.

They are in fine form again here with ‘Muse’, which finds the pair sinking into deep, introverted house grooves. The dusty, scruffy drums drag like a heavy heart beneath wistful vocal sounds up top that convey real emotional pain. Subtle melodies rise up through the mix to bring a sense of hope to this most moving of tracks.

The unstoppable force that is X-Press 2 rolls on once more with this tender new single.