Monday, 9 February 2009

Donald McCollum - Thin Line Between Love And Hate

This is yet another quality release out of the Sundae Soul stable in Germany on collectors’ 7” single. These guys know exactly what to release, and it’s refreshing to have a classy ballad on one side and a brilliant dancer on the other. Donald McCollom is no stranger to our ears following his debut set that was released a few years ago here in the UK on Dome. This time, Donald has gone for a very traditional soul recording. “Thin Line Between Love And Hate” is a timeless, and very popular piece of soul music. Originally performed in 1971 by the Persuaders, this has subsequently been covered my many artists including David Hudson in the 80s and H-Town in the 90s. The latter has to be my favourite due to Roger Troutman’s unique production.Donald approaches this song with love and respect. It’s true to the original song and he pours a lot of emotion and strength into it. In fact, this style of performance and song is, for me, better than the modern styles he embraced on his album. If you love the original recording then this will also appeal to you.

Flip the disc and you have a quality stepper with plenty of 80s action in the DNA of the groove. The hi-hat beat and quirky keyboards hark back to the late 70s, but the synth and the optimistic vocals treat us to an early 80s boogie groove. The tinkling piano adds an enigmatic aloofness that hints at a jazzy flavour. The Rhodes keys, the slap bass and beautifully paced rhythm are yet another example of a rekindling interest in 80s soul / dance. Vocally, Mirjam reminds me of Jody Watley - and that's no bad thing in my book! This is more than healthy as far as I am concerned and on that note I can no nothing but heartily recommend this excellent value-for-money single.

Barry Towler