Fred Falke Cakes Tiesto’s Blissful ‘Red Lights’ in House Grit
French producer takes on first single from Dutch DJ giant's 2014 album
Tiësto is full of surprises these days. First, the Dutch EDM icon shows up as the secret guest on a rave cruise headlined by hard-hitting producers Skrillex and Diplo (Holy Ship!!!, of course), and now he offers up this remix of his new “Red Lights” single by French house DJ Fred Falke, a man who’s worked over songs by Grizzly Bear, U2, La Roux, Lykke Li, and Elton John to name a few.
Each is a bliss-merchant in his own way, but while Tiësto’s original derives rapturous results from candy-coated choruses, big builds, and glistening beats, Falke’s takes a grittier approach, cutting those chiming keys with dark fuzz and downplaying the drop in favor of a constant thump. “Fred’s added a very summery, Balearic vibe to ‘Red Lights’ and I think it’s beautiful,” Tiësto told SPIN. “I’m thinking of palm trees and the beach while listening to this.”
“Red Lights” is the first taste of the man’s as-yet untitled 2014 artist album.