The track's experimental quality leaves ample room for Dial & Friends to crowd in and go to work, and the results speak well of all involved. The standout, arguably, is Four Tet's version, which displays a loose, house-y groove not that far off from his recent "Love Cry" single. The addition of phased-out drums, twinkling keys and upbeat bass, along with touches of the emotive pitch-bent synth and anthemic bursts of vocals, seems to occlude a bit of the vaguely mash-up-like quality at work in the original. Feeling quite fleshed out and proud, it could be a single in itself.
Monsieur Efdemin shows up twice to the party—flying solo he offers a clubby roller that effectively Berlinizes the tune, and together with Carsten Jost offers a Detriot-tinged spook-out that seems like it's receding down some infinite nightclub corridor cast in shadow and neon, with vocals left in mournful shreds. Lawrence's ears are tuned attentively to those beautiful bells...ah, those bells... Over a spare shuffling drum kit he lets them ring out in space alongside a lovely palette of xylophonic ring and sonorous clank. Walls takes the opposite path, yielding a church-a-pella, a beatless and cosmic display of Lennox's pipes in boy-choir glory, swathed on either side by heavenly ambient ripple. It's the Sunday mass mix, sunlight through stained glass.
Tue / 30 Mar 2010
A1 Stick To My Side (Efdemin Version)
A2 Stick To My Side (Original)
B1 Stick To My Side (Four Tet Version)
B2 Stick To My Side (Lawrence Version)
Digital: Stick To My Side (Carsten Jost & Efdemin version)
Digital: Stick To My Side (Walls version)