Pitting iconic status and industrious side by side for one excessively ambitious outing, the titanic clashing of Dutch superstar Tiesto and Toolroom Record‘s founding father Mark Knightgave way to last years most dutiful vocal anthem ‘Beautiful World’. But with the original and Gina Starr’s 2012 remix already throwing the aforementioned studio union alongside Dino’s distinct vocal stylings, a soundtrack spot for the sparkling anthem on the follow up to unfathomable cult classic ‘Trainspotting’ sees a host of Europe’s finest House pundits embrace the score of forthcoming nostalgia flick ‘Ecstasy’.
First up to bat with his fluid take on Dutch House craze he so formally fashioned is Mixmash maestro and Kung Fu connoisseur Laidback Luke. Still on fire from explosive original collaboration ‘Trilogy’ alongside Arno Cost and Norman Doray, Luke injects the original with a hefty dose of frantic leads and stern kicks while respectfully treading over the originals definitive top line and firm chord play. Adding some formative energy to the originals more emotive qualities, the Dutch master cannot be faulted in terms of the upfront Progressive play with a subtle electro twist that he brings to the equation.
Ministry of Sound resident and adored lion heart of the British House music Michael Woods is no stranger to high-profile moments in Electronic music. While his sturdy output for personal imprint Diffused Music and a tour schedule that could cripple even the most traveled of individuals has evidently kept him on his toes, his intrinsically skilled hand at remixing has not be slewed in the process. Leading with twisted lead play and a backdrop of vacant melodies, his adaptation of ‘Beautiful World’ reeks of the subtle grinding Progressive traits that have extensively championed his edits and remixes. Despite utilizing less of Dino’s heartrending vocal assets, Woods plays his remix closer to home with valiant stamina and persuasive fluency for this triumphant return to Toolroom.
As if this trio of talents hadn’t spurned enough creative juices from Europe’s finest House mongers, Violet Oversoul turn their hands to the ambient potential of Dino’s full-length original edit. Dealing in haunting keys and howling atmospherics, the distant yet fertile canvas of ‘Beautiful World’ is the best kind of digression such a potent record could beckon. Poised perfectly for the both the calm before the storm and the dreaded morning after, Violet Oversouls lack of blazing synths and brash beats can be forgiven on the grounds of its seething stripped charm.