Acknowledging the tumultuous period we endured universally, an essential element that nourished us throughout is love. Love in many forms, love in any form, love found in music. In 2003, under the guise of Paradise, one solitary track emerged from vocalist Romuald and French DJ and producer Alan Braxe: In Love With You permeated every floor with sentiment; the song claims a special place in memory, entering the boxes of Armand Van Helden, Duke Dumont and Breakbot.
In a hotel room six years later, under the heat of L.A., inspiration struck mere minutes before Alan's DJ set: a new version presented itself in his conscious. It honours the original yet succeeds to offer an alternative atmosphere altogether; repetitive and a little absurd, well, you could say the quintessential example of French House.
This substitute startled unaware clubbers with the mixer- proficient in ordering- keeping it low key and a surprise in his sets. With the pandemic forcing his live travels to cease at the moment and with people finding solace in art, the duo knew that the romantically impassioned number should be gifted now.
Romuald’s lustrous call and grace when arranging and producing vocals radiate emotion from first notes, apparent in his collaboration with Justice for Love S.O.S. and Fire, earning his enrolment into the Grammy Awards honoured artists club. Never slowing, Braxe has owned his place in the electronic scene as an intrinsic character of French Touch and one-third of Stardust while also operating label Vulture. In Love With You by this pair was written in the stars of the l'Hexagone's sky.
Just like another definitive tune of his, Alan sure is master of a twilighted 'Intro' and here, as if a look back through pools of clouds to those promising days of 2003, the first section of the remix is borrowed from the primary song and remains in-tack. An unconventional loop of notes add a weirdness over the constant beat- taken from In & Out by Crazy P- intensifying to rhapsody and then fading back into the thickened clouds.
The early naughties version was open to differing diagnosis depending on your mood: the person in question was head over heels in love with another soul that felt precisely the same way, OR one poor individual was enduring the pain of unrequited affection. In our 2021 alternative, there are more lyrics of directness: "Let me be your man," suggesting that this is a flourishing connection, a flirtation questioning the future, awaiting devotion in return.
After all, as they say, 'What the world needs now is love, sweet love.'
Article by Beverley Knight