Although it’s not that old of a track, DJ Koze’s remix of Matthew Herbert – It’s Only will go down as a modern day classic. Resident Advisor sure thinks so; considering It’s Only was named the #1 Track of 2013 according to the RA Top 50 Track Poll. DJ Koze rarely puts out work that isn’t amazing, and this remix on Pampa Records is no exception.
But where do I begin with this masterpiece? There are so many captivating elements that contribute to the overall beauty of the song. When the deep chords come filtering in it is a direct shot right to the heart of clubbers on the dance floor. Add what appears to be a pan flute and you have a mystic journey through an after hour near you. But what completes this track are the touching lyrics from Dani Siciliano. When her comforting voice comes through the speakers it feels as if it she is right there inside your head.
I was fortunate enough to see Sven Vath two weekends in a row, and both times this was one of the highlights of his set. At Amnesia Milan he closed with this track and it had my mind firing with different feelings and ideas about dance music. A week later he dropped it in the middle of his set to about 20,000 people in the main room at Timewarp and at that point I realized how powerful this track could be. Maybe it was Sven’s charismatic attitude behind the decks that made it work, but regardless this track struck a chord for myself, and probably many other fans out there.