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Leftfield – Song of Life (Betoko remix)

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Label: Hope RecordingsScore: 8/10 

When it comes to remixing such a stone-cold classic opinion is always going to be divided. Love it or hate it, what is absolutely certain is that Betoko has been one of the rising stars of electronic music over the last couple of years with a prolific output of original tracks, edits and remixes. His Wowshit EP featuring the monster single Raining Again thrust him further into the upper echelons of house producers, and his DJ sets with superstars such as Sasha and Nick Warren haven’t done any damage either.

Whether this was originally an edit or a pre-planned remix isn’t clear but certainly it’s more than an edit but still with the feel that it may have started life that way.  In terms of style, tempo and feel Betoko has certainly updated a classic for a modern dancefloor, injecting groove and playability but don’t expect a roof-raiser, this is actually quite a mellow affair with a nagging almost progressive bassline and a nu-disco drumset. That isn’t a criticism either; there would be nothing worse that ripping the heart out of a classic to make a floor-filler so Betoko wisely opts to keep bags of soul injected and the beautiful vocal fairly true to the original making it both instantly recognisable but with a modern twist.

 Only you can tell how you’ll react when hearing Betoko’s take for the first time.  Whether you fall into the hate or love category, this remix will is sure to stimulate a lot of debate and don’t think you won’t be hearing it out and about, you will. For me this is a useful update of the original in a much more playable format, it’s beautifully crafted and is a real grower. A real shame this didn’t surface at the start of the summer as it could have been a genuine sun-out summer anthem.

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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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