Thirty years after dance group Baby D blessed our speakers with their hit “Let Me Be Your Fantasy”,
British house music producer MODE12 has released a modern rework of the classic.
The original is one of my all-time favourite tracks. The remakes that have gone before are all
woeful, so when I heard about this one, I was expecting more of the same. I was wrong.
It would be very easy to write this off as “just another remake” or as being “cliché”, but once you
dissect and analyse this track, you start to realise just how well it has been produced and what a
great track it is.
When you think about the original “Let Me Be Your Fantasy” you are drawn to two elements. The
iconic piano melody, and the female lead vocal.
What is particularly genius about this rework is use of a male vocal. This is a bold decision, and one
that could have easily gone wrong. It ends up being a great decision that has paid off.
Although the vocalist sticks to the original lyrics throughout, he has added some additional
harmonies and ad libs that help to further separate it from the original.
The piano melody is maintained in this version, but there are so many impressive details that give it
that “modern house” feel.
The bassline, which has arguably become overused in these commercial house tracks just has a
completely different vibe to it than most. Its weighty enough to make you feel it, but not
overpowering to the point of detracting from the vocal or melody, which is unlike a lot of the rivals.
This would have been purposeful during production and shows great skill and depth.
With headphones on, you start to appreciate just how brilliant this track is with some of the stereo
and spatial detail.
The use of the subtle synth at 1:19 and again at 2:05 is very clever. A clear nod to the original. This
particular sound starts off in the centre, but then periodically pans one way and then the other. You
also have an arpeggiator playing at the same time heavily pumped to the kick drum. It sounds like
there is one underneath the kick, and then another slightly detuned version which is moving from
side to side.
Sure, you get the usual snare drum builds, but those attentive listeners will note how the producer
has added shorter snare patterns at the end of the choruses. Small details, but important.
The strings add emotion. At the beginning of the track, you have the piano with claps and a string
that increases in volume, building to the first verse. Throughout the track, various strings come in
creating rhythm, feeling and emotion.
I can’t wait to hear this in a club. A great modern production, destined to be a summer hit. Thumbs