‘Look Right Through’
A similar use of spectrogram analysis helps us to compare two section of the MK remix of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through:
On the left half there’s plenty of high frequency energy coming from the hi-hats and other percussion. Moving to the right, the track breaks down to kick and bass elements, interrupted every so often by the vocal.
If we turn to the ‘MK Dub III’ version of the track, near the end there’s a section without vocal:
For the image above we’ve used a frequency scale that reveals a bit more detail in the bass end. The claps are easily visible (the regular vertical bands running up to 15 kHz). Moving at double their pace you can also see the kicks. The changing horizontal bands from 200-700 Hz are the organ chords. Below 70 Hz you can see what appear to be the root notes of the organ chord. Audibly, this sounds like it’s heavily supported by a simple sub-bass note.
The approach MK employs throughout his ‘Look Right Through’ remix is a very modern one, giving each mix element acres of space in which to do its thing. Perhaps most importantly, it allows the kick, bass and sub-bass to be the main focus of the entire track, with a sparse arrangement above them so as not to crowd the mix.
In some respects, ‘Look Right Through’ is a similar mix to ‘Good Life’ – both are quite poppy vocal tracks with a clean, clear approach to the mix – but the difference illustrates the way approaches to mixing have evolved in the quarter of a century between the two tracks being made. The more sparse arrangement and low-frequency focus of MK’s mix mean that the dancefloor impact of ‘Look Right Through’ is (in sonic terms at least) far greater.