Peter Godwin: You! [Johnson Somerset Mix] US – DL 
- You! [Johnson Somerset Mix] 9:40
When Peter Godwin surfaces with his first new single in too many years, it was with a surprising new musical partner in Garbo Dastorg. The sound of the single featured a strong Rock vibe for the first time in ages for Godwin. Maybe even going back to the first two Metro albums. Mostly bass/drums/guitars over which he plied his sophisticated trade. I enjoyed the change from the expansive Johnson Somerset vibe his last decade of work featured but that’s not to suggest that I felt that the thread with Somerset was played out.
I’m a big fan of Somerset’s vibe. It’s a distinctive and spacious, cinematic sound that has enhanced modern remixes and recordings of favorites like Bryan Ferry and Simple Minds in the last decade or two. So I’d heard that Somerset was going to remix the new Godwin single, and when I chanced to look yesterday, I found out to my chagrin, that it had been issued on July 3rd in iTunes! So naturally, I immediately dropped virtual coin to get this sound …like, pronto.
The 9:40 remix began with a stomping house beat of some finesse. Nothing brutal, as ride cymbals and synth drone enhanced the minor key atmospherics of the number. Like any Somerset remix, it may have had a strong 4/4 beat, but it played out in cinematic slow motion, with builds and breaks occurring over several bars at a time. Dastorg’s stinging guitar leads, along with Godwin’s vocal, were the only elements familiar from the pop version of the song. Of course, here they were drenched in long, slow, reverb as was the style. If this was House music, this was haunting house music.
On the middle eight, and later in the song’s climax, Godwin’s vocal was given tremolo filtration to match the throbbing energy of the mix. This had been done when the original mix dropped out to highlight the devastating lyric in the pop version of the tune. The difference was in the climax, here, that Godwin’s vocal sound degenerated and eventually dropped; leaving the synth harmonics sans beat the last word in this instance. When it’s all over, the new remix was over twice the length of the pop version, but hardly felt it. Johnson Somerset likes them eight to ten minutes long. It’s just the way he rolls, thank goodness.
I appreciate how Peter Godwin is having his cake and eating it too, with both versions of this new single being clear winners. I can only hope that he’s got more music up his sleeve like the relative rash of releases he hit us with in the 2009-2013 period which saw the Neuvo album and several digital singles to break up the long drought from the release of his “Images Of Heaven” compilation. If we want to get picky, in the 37 years since “Correspondence,” Godwin’s gifted us with six solo singles [and a remix or two] and the Neuvo album, which sincerely needs to get back “into print” which shouldn’t be too onerous, seeing as it was DL only! What I’d give for a reissue of Neuvo’s “Sunset Rise” in Bandcamp as a lossless WAV or even better, a CD! Until then, we have this remix to tide us over. Mr. DJ, hit that button.