If you’re going to get someone to remix a seminal record, it’s a good idea to get someone in love with the source material; Groove Armada, Noir and Eats Everything all fall firmly into this category. Chicken Lips' ‘He Not In’ is one of those records that everyone recognizes, even if you're not aware of its name or who wrote it. The bassline is an enduring sound in dance music that everyone knows, and pretty much everyone loves.
Groove Armada turn in a phenomenal reworking, teasing the original bassline over heavy swung beats and sharply drawn percussion, phasing the track out of all recognition for a tensely rewarding crescendo. Eats Everything sticks closer to the structure of the original, jacking the beats and bass up to maximum capacity for an explosive, peak-time deep houser. Noir’s Personal Edit rounds of the set of new versions; a version which Noir has been playing on the road since the release of the original and its inclusion will satisfy anyone who’s heard him drop this live.
Published: 17th January 2013