What have we here? CFCF’s great remix effectively does unto the original as Metro Area did unto 80s disco – calming, cleaning, lifting and separating all the elements while placing the vocal in a larger room (with harder walls). Tensnake’s tactics, on the other hand, are to congolise and nocturnalise ‘I’ll be By Your Side’ for full discotheque compatibility. The breakdown is nice and makes the original sound much closer to Toto (or Nicholas Makelberge covering them, at least), but it’s also a lesson in the ‘necessary sacrifices’ of making functional music, and in this case it’s the best parts of the original’s melody and lyrics that gets flung out the warehouse window to make way for sweaty dancers.
Juan MacLean’s re-rubbing of ‘I know You’re My Love’ takes his predilection for club-muscular versions of Yello/Devo and (sensibly) leaves the original’s melody right where it should be, front and centre in the mix. It’s essentially a peaktime amplification of the original, and it works. Lindstrom does what you’d expect him to, too, translating everything into his signature ‘epic and whooshy’ style. Everything in this version is slid through a thick, building field of gulps and loops, with Shapiro’s vocals getting cut, multiplied and woven over and over each other, until the inevitable whoosh/takeoff, which goes ‘up, up and away’ accompanied by a mobilised army of Lindstrom’s guitar strings. It’s the most creative of the mixes, but none of them have out-done their source material. Sally the simulacra overcomes her imitators, however creative they may be.
As such, you might want to think about picking up this EP, but your first priority should be to get your hands on Shapiro’s Disco Romance album – it’s a classic.