The Orb, Greg Wilson, Richard Norris and Sare Havlicek do the honours
Nang bring us four new takes on French electronic disco pioneers Space's 1977 smash here. Some may query if this actually needed doing, but it's fair to say that at least all four remixers have made a decent fist of it!
The Orb are up first, with arguably the most radical reversioning. Their mix starts with sci-fi squeaks and bibbles (yes, bibbles is a word... I should know, I just invented it) then carries on as a very, well, Orb-y concoction of stuttering percussion and random samples, with that famous nagging synth riff only emerging out of the chaos around the two-minute mark. Greg Wilson & Peza's remix is more faithful, but beefs up the bottom end for today's floors, while Richard Norris's take has something of a druggy, tribal feel and finally Sare Havlicek gives it some nu-disco shimmer as only he can.
Magic Fly's all about that haunting riff: always has been, always will be. So whichever mix you plump for here, you're unlikely to go wrong... though for my money the Wilson/Peza mix would be the one for club play while The Orb take the prize for the most imaginative rework.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 20 May
Review Score: 8