- There's a bit of a cliché about remixing perfect tracks. Why bother, the thought goes, when you've already got something that doesn't need "fixing"? "Rushing to Paradise" isn't a perfect track (although it's pretty close to a perfect song in my mind), as evidenced by the wide variety of edits floating around, and the wide variety of tempos I've heard it played at. But DJ Harvey's remix of the epic tune hardly does the thing justice. The edit maestro splices and dices "Rushing," making it more suitable for the floor, but loses the bits around it that made the original so special.
That's his job of course, but you get the sense that this is a bit of a missed opportunity. Like taking out "In the beginning there was jack" from "My House." (Well, not that bad, but you get the point.) With such rich source material, it feels as though there would have been endless possibilities for Harvey to ponder. And, in the end, we simply get something this straight ahead? Bummer, dude.
Then again, if you haven't got the original—and considering how much the original pressing sometimes goes for elsewhere, we don't blame you—we can't recommend this one enough.
A Rushing to Paradise (Walkin' These Streets)
B Rushing to Paradise (Walkin' These Streets) (DJ Harvey Streets mix)