The original and the "Acid Instrumental" find the producer at full tilt. The acid line sputters and sprays wildly, while the drums switch patterns and pound indiscriminately, like a toddler having a temper tantrum. (The pitched-down vocal sample, however, is somewhat regrettable.) Take out the acid line and the glitzy arpeggio grounding "Shoelaces" and it almost sounds like a Hessle Audio track. That's why the stripped-back "Instrumental" unexpectedly steals the spotlight. By removing the 303 and letting the drums speak for themselves, you can hear what an inspired and fun tune "Shoelaces" is at its core.
Truncate provides a sharp makeover, giving the track an unfussy techno pulse that starts, stops and reinforces in all the right places. A nearly nine-minute effort by Mono Junk gets trippy and unsheathes the track's brutal acid line. Both are solid enough remixes that turn a livewire jam into something more straight-laced, which only underlines the mercurial brilliance of "Shoelaces."