Operatic vocals and thematic hyperbole have helped make Muse a remix favorite for artists as varied as Tiësto and Feed Me. However, few producers have tackled “Starlight,” the anthemic highlight of their 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations.
It was about time this track was given the treatment, and NYC progressive house duo Hyperbits have delivered. They wisely allowed Matthew Bellamy’s soaring vocal line to breathe, bolstering it with pleasant synth plucks and trance-inspired rhythms. While the track eventually builds into a seemingly inevitable electro-bass drop, it manages to retain the melodic nature of the preceding sections. In a genre too often characterized by disposable pop remixes, it’s refreshing to see artists thoughtfully tackling solid tracks that predated the American EDM boom.