Sade

By Your Side

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Showing no loss of affection for his days as a member of London's smooth, nouveau jazz clique in early '80s, Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt could not resist the opportunity to remix Sade's comeback single, "By Your Side." Watt's reputation as a London DJ (he is half of the Lazy Dog duo along with fellow DJ Jay Hannan) and dance producer began to eclipse his work with Everything but the Girl while wife/singer Tracey Thorn took a hiatus to raise their children. Through his friend and Sade keyboardist Andrew Hale, he secured a commission to remix the song and access Sade's vocal tracks. What Watt achieved with the track is no less than extraordinary, re-fashioning the lilting ballad into a 132 bpm deep house workout tinged with Latin flavors and additional tasty bits of bass and keyboard work from Watt himself. Beginning with a driving beat, sampled applause, and a vocal loop that slowly EQs its way to the foreground, the mix finally bursts into full bloom two minutes later. Unlike scores of standard remix efforts, Watt's ability to use only a handful of the song's original elements without boring listeners over an extended time (eight minutes plus) is the principal strength of his adaptation. With keen dynamics, and some new, pliable instrumentation, the song is seamlessly recast into a boundless groove. Although a white-label version of the single quickly scaled the U.K. underground dance charts, and later became a dancefloor smash in the U.S., the Sade camp decided not to officially release Watt's masterful version of the song. Watt's disappointment was eventually tempered, however, when he was able to include the track on the Lazy Dog, Vol. 2 compilation released in 2002.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
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By Your Side 2000 Sony Music Distribution 4:20
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The Dome, Vol. 17 2001
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No Image 2001
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Kuschelrock Magic Moments in Soul 2001
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Sunday Morning [Wea International] 2001
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WEA International 4:19
No Image 2001
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Sony Music Distribution
Street Vibes, Vol. 7 2001 BMG International 4:18
Women's Greatest Voices 2001
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BMG
Absolute Music, Vol. 36 2001
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Eva
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Magic Moments, Vol. 2 [Sony/Universal Sweden] 2001
Various Artists
Sony / Universal 4:18
38 Brit Awards 2002 Hits 2002
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Columbia 4:17
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Woman III 2002
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Universal Distribution
Artist's Choice: Rolling Stones 2003 Virgin 4:35
Chillout Sessions, Vol. 4 2003
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:47
Lovers Rock/Lovers Live 2003 Epic 4:34
The Very Best of All Woman [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Sweet Baby: Best of Nu Soul 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:34
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Columbia 8:54
Voices from the FIFA World Cup [Sony] 2006
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Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Singer 2008
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Sony Music 4:34
Divas [Sony] 2008
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Sony BMG 4:20
Lovers Rock/Love Deluxe 2010 Sony Music Distribution
Songs for Japan 2011
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Sony Music 4:32
The Ultimate Collection 2011 Epic 4:40
The Essential Sade 2014 Epic 4:40
No Image
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Eva 4:19
Chillout Classics [MOS]
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Ministry Of Sound 7:37
No Image
Various Artists
4:16