Here at Toolroom, we’re no strangers to the reworking and updating of classic slices of house music history (see Iban Reus’ remix of Todd Terry’s ‘Jumpin’ and Jay Lumen’s Sacred Sounds remix of Kevin Saunderson’s ‘The Sound’), so when we received Cuts Deep’s update of Martine Girault’s ‘The Revival’, how could we resist? Martine’s lush soulful vocals required a special approach so we charged some up-and-coming producers with the task.
But, this project got us thinking: why has this trend for reviving the classics become so popular?
We had a quick chat with Copy Paste Soul and Giom, who provided stunning remixes of ‘The Revival’, as well as Cuts Deep and Martine Girault to find out more.
When done sensitively and (arguably) originally, reviving a classic can be the path to an instant club hit, as Giom told us:
However, Copy Paste Soul poses a critical question: is reworking a classic a lazy attempt at a hit?
So, are these reworks a way to promote our musical heritage to new generations of producers and clubbers? Giom told us remixing the track was his first encounter with it:
Sharing this enduring and emotive song was one of Cuts Deep’s reasons for reviving ‘The Revival’:
Cuts Deep also told us about the dilemmas of reworking an old track:
So, why do it? Why revive classic tracks? And, crucially, why does it work? Martine Girault gave us some insight:
So, why has reviving classic tracks become so popular? In a transient and digital world, is it a way of creating a tangible and authentic connection with our musical history? Is it a way of bringing new inspiration to old tracks and sharing our music with a larger community? This trend certainly poses a lot of questions, but we’re happy to enjoy the results of it.
Cuts Deep's 'The Revival', with remixes by Copy Paste Soul, Giom, Deep City Groove and Long & Harris, is out now on Beatport.