It is no secret that Henrik B has established himself as something of a beacon for Swedish House music’s promising new school contenders. In the same vein as his own workings of Adrian Lux’s ‘Teenage Crime’, Berntsson establishes himself as a stronghold for emotively charged club music with that vital punch of vivacity that the club floor beckons. Armed with robust keys, well executed builds and a haunting vocal line from Rudy, the contemporary Swede producer hits a middle ground in global House music that defies the tedium of his chart-raking peers while still playing out as universally attainable to both the club floor and radio alike.
But calling upon Dutch daredevils NO_ID for remix duties, ‘Leave A Light On’ is given an essential injection of the Axtone duos hard-hitting musical stamina from the outset. Drawing on the originals anthemic vocal line and building a canvas of solid synth work around its emotive tones, their remix transitions from piercing keys to aggressive chords with impressive technical substance. Their remodel, though invariably close to their securely established sound, is enough to place them at the heart of their genre while establishing a firm ground for the Dutch duo not only to claim their diversity amid their hometown peers, but to soar to unprecedented levels amid a truly European onslaught within Electronic music.
‘Leave A Light On’ will be released on April 23rd via Axtone Records.
0:00 – Radio Edit
1:23 – NO_ID Remix
Words by Dan Carter