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Cherie Lee – Love me or Leave me (The remixes)


CherieLABEL: Danse Club RecordsSCORE: 9/10As far as seminal tracks go, and those that have made a huge impact on my life, ‘Love Me or Leave Me’ is up there in the higher echelons of my mind.  When I heard that there was a remix package being distributed by a new label I was both excited and filled with a little trepidation – how do you ‘remix’ something that was such an iconic tune in a way that makes sense and is sensitive to the original?  

Answer… Get Danse Club Records on the case!   The opening ‘Club Dub’ is from the original release and reminds me (even now) how great a piece of music this is.  Still relevant and interesting, the vocals, subbass pads and driving (yet subtle) drums male this a real heads down groover.   Oliver $’ remix is brutal (in a good way).  It is right up in yer face, badass.  The bass and drums are nicely side-chained and the new bassline would rupture your spleen if you had it on full blast.  This is how to take something special and make it even more so.   He is sensitive to the original, while giving it a bit of his own personality and presence.  The bassline is rich, powerful and warm.  But he adds additional elements to ensure that you don’t get too lost down that rabbit hole.  If this isn’t a DJ must-have, I don’t know what is.  Absofuckinglutely immense!   The Brodanse remix is a little more industrial.  It is powerful and purposeful.  It has just enough of the soul of the original to keep you sated, but it rips it up and starts again in regards to the overall feel.  This is certainly meant for a demented cave rave on some mind-bending trip.  The wonky bass and near-constant vocal stab have you hooked, before another bassline kicks in and takes you further into a journey of possible dementia.  I am in awe of how some of these sounds are made – truly freaky…   Matthew K’s effort is markedly different again.  The entire release is like a trip down parallel universes; each remix showing how the track could exist in a different space and time…   Here, there is a slightly darker, yet garage-led feel to the track.  It seems to softly (yet firmly) grab hold of your subconscious and swallow it whole into itself.  It floods the senses with casacades of memories and emotions in a way that has the hairs on the back of your neck standing up and dancing too.   This is a must-have release!

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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