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.