Take It Back
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on May 25th, 2011 at 7:30a.m.
Take It Back has been around for a relatively long time when you realise that the single has only just been released. Well, you could buy the radio edit from iTunes in March I think, but that's not the point. It seems to have had a lot of attention, and rightly so.
It's a seamless blend of piano-led house, pretty sweet female vocals, and some random hip-hop towards the back end of the track. It's fairly long, but not too long - it doesn't outstay it's welcome unlike some tracks which just go on and on forever.
The real reason that you buy singles these days, especially electronic-heavy music (but increasingly rockish music too - see Foo Fighters' Rope) is the remixes. You get a respectable 5 remixes with Take It Back, by 2 Bears, D1, Dillon Francis, Des Demure, and DJ Q.
The D1 remix is probably the most similar to the original. It sounds like the original if it was hopped up on E - it's basically faster and more energetic. It's in stark contrast with the Dillon Francis remix, which is pretty much the opposite - slurred instruments and slowed vocals all round!
The Des Demure remix starts off like something out of the eighties. It's one of those dance anthemic atmospheric tracks, heavy on the synth and even heavier on the echoes, dropping into a bassy drumbeat. It's almost dubstep, but not quite. Dubstep just isn't as eighties as this. It's probably my favourite remix on the single, and quite possibly the most different from the original.
Of course it's all subjective. Nobody's going to like every remix of an already great track. I have to admit that with these remixes, they do make the effort in not sounding exactly like the original, and they benefit from that.