Christian Smith to remix classic Underworld cut

Every once in a while those in the know tell us about a release that, despite the swathes of techo edits, house outings, and broken beats getting pumped out in the year 2011, is guaranteed to cause a stir. And that’s exactly the situation here.

In 1994 Karl Hyde, Richard David Smith, and Darren Emerson put out a track that would become an outright anthem, back in the days when an anthem meant an anthem and stuck around for a long, long time. We could easily go on, but it’s probably less boring just to say that Underworld‘s Dark & Long is one of those tunes that most people over 25 remember dancing to at some point in their lives, and it’s coming back via techno don Christian Smith.

The Swede will serve up a brand spanking new remix package some 17 years after the original hit our ears, an edit that, from what’s been heard thus far, retains the constant build and intent of its source material, cleaned up and tweaked for the new era. On said disc you’ll find two versions, the Hypnotica Dub, and the Tronic Treatment Remix, named after Smith’s eponymous label that will carry the release, which follows on from his reworkings of Laurent Garnier (Flashback), Carl Craig (At Les), and Funk D’Void (Diabla). It finally touches down on August 22nd, and that, rather fittingly for a festival headlining act, means it will be with us in time for the last Bank Holiday of summer… how’s that for timing?