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Producer Matt Ryder has released a remix of ‘Riverbed’, his recent track with Grammy-nominated artist Birdy.
The original track showcases vulnerability and emotion, which Ryder dubs as a “reflection on my recent life”, describing the writing process with Birdy as “amazing”, yet “probably the most challenging to write and produce, simply down to how much we put into the song.”
Taking shape around a charging beat created by Ryder, the remix employs morphing bass loops, synth sounds and maintains the vocals of Birdy to add suspense to the rave-ready rework.
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“This remix came about after I revised my original idea for the track, with a hard MS-20 bass line and too many Arps,” Matt explains. “I decided I wanted to remix the track while I was on my first trip to Berlin; it was the first time in my life I had seen music that was considered slightly leftfield being pushed to the centre of the nightclubbing scene. The craziest rhythms and most intense sounds I’d ever heard in unique environments. I loved every second of it and was so inspired.
“I started working on the tune a few days into the trip – playing with the original idea, crouched over my laptop on flights and endless car journeys. I ended up with probably one of the hardest and badass songs I’ve ever produced and it really gave me the opportunity and freedom to totally nerd out and go full on with the production.
“I can safely say it’s probably one of my favourite tunes I’ve made so far – I think it gives so much context to the original, seeing my perspective as an artist creating the music and where my head instinctively went.”
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‘Riverbed’ follows on from Ryder’s “Escape EP”, with the young producer drawing upon emotive basslines and curating narratives with his own vocals throughout his discography.
The remix is available now – you can check it out here.
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter
Written by: Tim Hopkins