Admittedly, it won’t be easy for John Dahlbäck (pictured) to recapture the magic found in his recent big-room, funked-up house smasher, Start Lovin You, but the Swede has just dropped a follow-up that’s sure to turn some heads. For this release, JD has decided to go in a bit of a different direction, departing from his traditional techy production style in favor of a more electro flavor. The new EP, Take This Thing Back, represents the 50th release of Chris Lake’s Rising Music imprint and features a stunning remix by the enigmatic Jacques Lu Cont. For those unfamiliar with this producer, look no further than his remix of Justice’s D.A.N.C.E.
Jacques Lu Cont is actually the alias of long-time UK electronic producer Stuart Price, a man known for transforming top 40 hits into electronic, dance floor bangers. When Stuart Price is producing tunes under his French moniker Jacques Lu Cont, expect a similar musical style to popular French EDM acts such as Daft Punk. Appropriately, JLC’s remix of Take This Thing Back is pleasingly reminiscent of Daft, with its disco-inspired lead bassline and acid-house synth effects. Halfway through the tune, JLC creates a torturous “fake” drop, building a heightened anticipation for the ensuing “real” drop just before the four minute mark. This production device really makes the last drop explode, demonstrating JLC’s superior control over the ebbs and flows of energy in this remix. The original mix of Take This Thing Back is in league with the more aggressive side of house music. It’s punchy, complextro elements are blended together over the chest-caving four-on-the-floor kick drum.