Sunday, 27 November 2011
Spandau Ballet - Gold (Paul Oakenfold BMX Remix)
I'm always a little skeptical when it comes to remixing classic tracks - the prospect of giving twenty year old hits a 'rave' reworking is often as attractive as an old professor trying to get 'down wiv the kids'.
That said, there have been some great examples recently, chiefly Stargate's amazing Personal Jesus mix. There is in essence three ways the job can be gone about: Stick fairly close to the track's original format and do a good job, do likewise and come out with a tacky, bloated mess, or - in the most daring of scenarios - do something completely different.
It is in this third category that Paul Oakenfold's mix of Gold resides. With a track as iconic as this, trying to improve on the original would be a foolish, unnecessary affair, so instead Oakenfold takes the song - and focusing on the bombast of that one titular line - creates something that sounds not far off what the clubs of today normally go crazy for.
It's an interesting reworking, and while I'm not 100% convinced, it's certainly a lot better than it could have been. At times, the vocals sound disembodied; floating over the heady mass of synths and beats - but on the whole it makes for an intoxicating, danceable version. Hey, shove a bit of Pitbull rapping over it and it could even sound like a contemporary chart hit.
The Paul Oakenfold remix of Gold is available to download on iTunes now.