The recent death of DJ Mehdi was a tremendous loss for the dance music community as a whole, and a particularly devastating moment for the producer’s close friend A-Trak. The New York City-via-Montreal DJ offers a remembrance of his longtime cohort on his remix of the Rapture’s glorious “How Deep Is Your Love,” a single that was musically informed by Mehdi before his untimely passing:
“I did this remix over the summer, and when I was close to finishing it, I played it to my friend, the irreplaceable DJ Mehdi. I was working on the main version of the remix, the vocal version. I knew I would make a few alternate edits during the mixdown. The funny thing was, Mehdi's favorite part was the ending! He…suggested that I have that part come in earlier. My reaction was: that would work well for the dub version. And sure enough, when I finished mixing it down I made a dub with [his] suggestion. When I sent it to Mehdi shortly after, he responded (as a joke) that I should call it "Dub For Mehdi.” This one’s for you Memed.”
“Dub for Mehdi” is, indeed, a fitting homage for the late producer. A-Track has turned the Rapture track into dance floor perfection. In the original’s place is a song that morphs from music-to-move-to into a full on electro whirl. The whole track simply soars.
The Populette remix, on the B-side, while not quite as frenetic in its energy, achieves near visual beauty, the images it conjures are so lovely. Imagine the original now filled with blinking, silvery-synth bells, all flashing like lights. If you could turn music’s notes and tones into images, Populette’s remix would be nothing short of illuminated. - Kali Holloway
Published: 10th November 2011