Faithless originally made “Insomnia” back in 1994. And according to Sister Bliss, the song was originally signed to Island Records. However, they used a buyback clause in the contract to get it back after the label essentially admitted they couldn’t work out what to do with it – hence its release on Cheeky the following year.
Over the years, it’s been remixed by DJ Quicksilver, De Donatis, Armand Van Helden, Sasha and countess times unofficially. Special kudos goes to Armand’s European Vacation mix, which has a clever section at 2:54 that teases you before those notorious chords come in.
Anyway, there’s quite a few mixes to choose from already. So we don’t need more, right? In this age where dance music is far too willing to rinse old tunes, wrong! Ministry of Sound have decided to release two remixes that plague rave favourite Maceo Plex made unofficially for his sets a few years back.
Are they any good? The full versions aren’t available yet, but from the previews I heard on Beatport… they’re okay but I largely just feel indifferent. Just not necessary.