TOTW: Dele Sosimo Afrobeat Orchastra – Too Much Information (Laolu Remix Edit)

“Laolu’s remix of Dele Sosimi’s ‘Too Much Information’ is Dixon and Âme’s favourite track of the year.” That sentence says a lot about this 12-inch—it was crowned an anthem before it even hit wax. A few seconds into Laolu’s rework of “Too Much Information” and it’s easy to see why it appeals to the Innervisions crew: the bassline is the kind of simple, endearing melody that says a thousand words, basically tailored for a Dixon set. The string-laden breakdown would be compelling even on laptop speakers, never mind a huge system, and elements from Dele Sosimi’s original—a clipped guitar phrase here, some funky drumming there—are elegantly slotted into the groove. It’s so manicured and unapologetically epic that it’s a surprise it didn’t come from one of the label heads themselves (some originally speculated that it was Âme).