In Fatboy's hands, 'Devil In Me' becomes a glorious, gospel-inspired affair
Legendary DJ/ producer Fatboy Slim’s rerub of Purple Disco Machine's Devil In Me has just dropped on Australian tastemaker label Sweat It Out, and oh boy is it a good one.
The track has already been doing some damage in the clubs but this mix takes it to a whole new level, as what was once a simple vocal houser gets reborn as a super-soulful gospel house number that really pops. It starts out with the hookline "you bring out the devil in me" and then immediately finds its groove with a swung uptempo backbeat with double claps and panned, echoed percussion. That takes you to a breakdown with a punchy double bass line and crowd samples, which is where the fun really starts as the song is given the the gospel choir treatment with a jangly piano backing, Hammond organ samples and a real old school Mahalia Jackson vibe... but with modern production values and a male vocal.
In my humble opinion, Norman Cook's remix trounces the original with its added shot to the arm of bluesy, soulful gospel goodness, adding another dimension to the track and doubtless lengthening its stay on many a DJ's memory stick.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 1 September
Review Score: 9