These are Different Times indeed for Andy Vaz if the EP's two mighty jams are indicative of where his music's heading. On this strictly limited blue vinyl release for Japanese Stores Only, Vaz teams up with Detroit’s Alton Miller, revisiting his fabulous Deep House cuts from his previous “Different Hours EP” (Yore-012), here in extended Vocals Version, with Alton Mille singing layers on the hook.
The a Side Track “Bygone Times” gets a choice reprise that might just top the other. In this case, the house vibe that powers the Different Times version intensifies into a steamy deep house treatment once Alton Miller's multi-layered vocals works their way into the mix. Vaz's swinging pulse and the funky bass lines bubbling beneath the surface are once again the cherry on top. The tough, bass-thrusting groove of “Hurry, Hurry” also gets another workout with Miller again boosting the cut with his soulful croon. In this jamming treatment, Ehrhorn's sax and Miller's voice coil around one another while the piano bangs out staccato house chords and the background chorus punctuates the air with its mantra-like bark.
Vaz's music has never sounded more impassioned and energized than it does on these two club-ready EPs and, consequently, both, not surprisingly, feel like they're over far too quickly.