It's a rainy day on the coast, so what better time to cast a spotlight on the dark, ominous tones of London's own Stylus Dust. Working under his previous moniker Lull, the remix maestro was responsible for some truly amazing reworks of everyone from Bloc Party to I Was A Cub Scout, including a truly masterful take on the Gotye anthem "Heart's A Mess" that remains one of our all time most cherished remixes to this day. Suffice it to say we were thrilled when he agreed to have a go at The Knocks' "Make It Better", and the result is one of his best efforts yet. Completely subverting the carefree ebullience of the original, Stylus Dust takes us from the sun-drenched beaches of Cancun to the dreary solitude of the London nightbus circuit with athletic ease. It's all haunting echoes and plunging basslines for the song's majority, until the heavens suddenly open up and a resplendent keys progression twinkles across the mix at 3:17 in one of the most uplifting moments you'll hear in music this year. Seriously though, it's kind of emotional.
MP3: "Make It Better" (Stylus Dust Remix) - The Knocks