Big thanks, man, very much appreciated!
I actually use sidechaining here, with the bassdrum being a damper on the bassline layer of the original (fairly avoiding the pumping effect).
I also tried delay on the melody lead, I was not content with the results cluttering up the mix. But I didn't try HPF which is a good idea indeed! As soon as I get the vocals for this remix from my singer, I will attempt another mixdown, fiddling with a HPF delay. Will also think about turning down the lead a bit.
Great feedback - cheers!