The Source feat. Candi Staton - You Got The Love
Tue 23rd May, 2006 Music Reviewsin
Remixing seminal moments in dance music is a fraught business. But obviously there are plenty willing to take the risk, and here we have a bumper release of 11 mixes, including the original. With source material of such quality, a remix (apart from the rare gem that completely turns a track on its head and results in something even more amazing) is usually best judged on how little it compromises the original. As a rule, those that respect and understand the original and head in space-y electronic directions fare much better than those which conspire to turn it into something it was never meant to be – like house or, gasp, “chillout”. Righto, there’s nothing for it but to attack them one by one..
The New Voyager Mix is easily the best known of the lot, due to its starring role in the Sex and The City finale. It is an epic, operatic piece of 90s big beat nostalgia, all crashing beats and soaring vocals. One of the finer remixes, no doubt, but as soon as the futuristic synth stabs of the Original Mix kick in, it’s an exhilarating breath of fresh air. It remains a visionary piece of music, the brilliance of which lies in the juxtaposition of Candi Staton’s pained torchsong vocals and the sparse, futuristic beats.
The Truelove, Lys & Gigi Remix takes a gentle approach, updating the classic for the modern dancefloor by extrapolating the unadorned, space-age vibe of the original, and sliding an insistent 4/4 beat under it. Understated, effective and easily the best remix here, largely because it doesn’t mess with much (this may have something to do with John Truelove being the mastermind who wrote and produced the original…). The Shapeshifters Mix sees the current house darlings turn in a servicable but forgettable slap-the-vocal-on-a-house-beat mix. The Wayne G Circuit Anthem Mix gives it the Queer as Folk tribal treatment, while the Rhythm Masters Classic Vocal Mix is exactly that. Hmm.. it just wasn’t meant to be a house track.
The Asle Bjorn Remix is, much to my surprise, pretty darn good. It treads the fine and perilous line between sassy camp electro- house and cheese, it has sleazy gay bar written all over it, but it kicks the arse out of the “serious” house remixes, it’s enormously good fun, and Staton’s vocals take on an intriguingly nasty edge in this, um, dirtier context. The Paradise Soul Mix repackages the track in an easy-to-swallow prog-trance format, and pulls it off surprisingly well. The synth sounds are dangerously close to Laurent Garnier’s The Man With The Red Face, but the whole thing is very nicely executed, and the track feels right with the vocal.
All said, this release reinforces the old adage of ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The original mix reigns supreme. But there are a couple of really good mixes here, a few quite agreeable ones, and the whole exercise including the duds is a feast of comparative analysis for a true 90s tragic (like me).