Walk on… – Smith & Mighty (1988)

This proto-trip-hop / breakbeat version of the Bacharach/David staple is easily my favorite of all versions. It was released in 1988 by the Bristol producers Smith & Mighty (Rob Smith & Ray Mighty).

The “ruffness” of the production, an almost aggressive breakbeat supplemented with cut-up piano and vocal samples, scratches (DJ Lynx) and sparsely placed cowbells and the dark bubbling bass is just perfectly juxtaposed to the sweet soulness of Jackie Jackson’s vocals.

At around 2:20 the lush strings off the Dionne Warwick original are scratched into the mix just momentarily and it manages to stab you right in the heart!

Sublime and gorgeous.