Re: Deep house - does anyone use vocals a lot
When you mentioned Barbara Tucker and MAW which songs are you talking about. Barbara is a true school diva who has performed on countless songs in the genre and MAW has produced and remixed countless tracks over the years and they continue to work (separately for now) today. When I think of classic Barbara Tucker, I'm thinking of "I Get Lifted."
As to working with vocals and music in general, some of it is intuitive. If you have a sense that something is wrong, then it probably is and you can find a solution to the problem. I know it's more pop than classic house but Billie Ray Martin killed it on Your Loving Arms and that would be a good framework to follow for structuring vocals for house music. Also, Kristine W - One More Try and EBTG - Missing (Todd Terry Mix) I always thought were incredible. Just keep listening and learning. Great vocal classics that some might not know, Kathy Sledge - Heart, Juliet Roberts - Caught In The Middle, Urbanized feat. Silvano - Helpless (this is an absolutely ridiculous classic MAW track that's gone under the radar for years.)