Time for all the long time Leftfield fans to join hands. Song of Life and the whole Leftism album was my traveling campanion in India and Thailand in 2003 and 2004. The album was even once elected the 18th best album of all time by Q Magasine readers.
Today many years later Song of life is once again dusted off, remixed by Betoko for Nick Warren’s Hope recordings. The traditionally progressive label could not withstand the prevailing deep house trends, in a way Betoko mix sounds like pitched down progressive house with an extra deep bassline. Neverless it’s a mint remix. Betoko is Mexico born, London based Beto Cohen.
Twenty years on from its original release, Leftfield’s classic ‘Song of Life’ gets a reworking from Mexican producer Betoko and a release on Hope Recordings complete with an arresting video from londonstreetart photographer/director, Tim Davidson.
Brought to the attention of Hope by Betoko’s work with the Bristol label’s long time friends, Nick Warren and Sasha, this version of ‘Song of Life’ is a powerful update that fuses electro-disco drums, dizzy arpeggios and rousing bass to the original’s unmistakable vocal refrains.
With fans like Steve Lawler, Solomun, Dubfire, Sven Vaeth and M.A.N.D.Y, Beto Cohen (as he’s know to his friends) has become a hugely bankable artist in recent years. Alongside releases for Diynamic, Moodmusic and Supernature, Betoko’s music has also bled into film, TV and advertising – taking his reach as a producer far and wide.
Betoko’s remix of Leftfield ‘Song of Life’ is released on August 5th and the Tim Davidson directed video is now live.
Bear in mind that Song of Life was already remixed once by Sasha and John Digweed for Renaissance.