'Give Me Love' is basically a groovy electro-house track featuring a deep, short and extremely active (can you say "housey"!) bassline coupled with an arpeggiated electro lead loop that make up the main hook, over which a sensual, airy female vocals tells us she "needs to love" and encouraging us to "give [her] love". There are some cool little edits at key points, and taking a traditional approach to electro it's all very tastefully done - it even includes the big Moroder-esque sweeps that sound like they're taken from the original, ie. the track this is really a cover of: "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer. Sure the bassline's different, and the lyrics are too, but the vocal delivery, pads, and lead will leave you thinking perhaps Messrs. Healey and Martin went to sleep with an old "Best of Moroder" CD left on repeat all night, woke up, and subconsciously thought "Let's do an airy electro track with a female vocal, like, oh, damm it, what's her name? Donna...Donna...rhymes with bummer....".
The 'Lützenkirchen Remix' takes things to a new level. A sprinkled pad that jumps up and down in pitch from one loop to the next adds almost hippy-style joy, until the new and heavily modulated electro bassline kicks in, and the beefed up kick, percussion and fills, take it up another notch. The vocal is used in the breakdown and a few other points to offset the floor-thumping and overall it's not a bad mix of hard-and-soft, with the Moroder-style sweeps balancing a lot of new synth work not present in the original.
What I do like about this release is that both tracks are definitely funky floor fillers, but do it in almost completely different ways. The A side has that old-school warmth and class to it - albeit at the expense of originality - for those DJs feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the full-on electro out there at the moment, while the remix does a good job of adding some new elements without completely scrapping the 'original' theme and vibe. In the right time and place, both will no doubt do the business.
Sat / 1 Apr 2006