The 10-minute-long “Soulwax for Despacio” version adds some subtle flourishes to the iconic gay anthem, while still keeping the core of the original intact.
David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax shared, “Unlike other remixes where we usually replace most of the elements and make something radically different based around the vocal, we made this remix using only the parts we found on the original multitrack that we were so kindly given by the Sylvester estate.”
“Even though we have played this song a million times,” they continued, “we discovered a few elements that we had never heard before, like a crazy Patrick Cowley synth solo and somewhere hidden before the start of the multitrack, the ending of what sounds like a gospel version of ‘Mighty Real.’ It was a huge privilege to be asked to remix this seminal track and we hope that Sylvester will dance to it, wherever he is.”
Sylvester originally released “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” on his breakthrough sophomore album Step II. The song has been called “the cornerstone of gay disco” by music journalist Patrick Crowley, and was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 2019.