Last night, DFA shared a pounding seven-minute remix of the Rapture’s disco anthem “How Deep Is Your Love?” from the Montreal turntable whiz A-Trak. A-Trak also shared a story about how the idea for the mix’s arrangement came from a conversation with DJ Mehdi, his tragically fallen dancefloor comrade. Grab the remix and the original track and read A-Trak’s story below.
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. We often played each other our productions for feedback. As it turns out he and Riton were visiting New York so they stopped by my apartment. 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 and Riton 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 their suggestion. When I sent it to Mehdi shortly after, he responded (as a joke) that I should call it “Dub For Mehdi”. He included it in his “Tunisian Summer” mix. And then, as we all know, the unimaginable happened and we lost our dear friend. The least I can do now is name the edit after him. This one’s for you, Memed.
(via DFA’s Soundcloud)