Chris Lake Preps Portugal. The Man’s 'Dummy' For a Summer on the Dance Floor
May 5, 2023
2 min read
Leave it to Chris Lake to take a slinky pop tune and flip it into the most dexterous stomper we’ve heard this spring. If you're a fan of Portugal. The Man, then you're in for a treat as Lake sets his sights on the band’s hit song "Dummy." The once laid-back amalgam of lush guitar riffs and pronounced keys gets turbo-charged just in time for the summer circuit, and all we can say is, “Look out.”
From beat one, we hear the newly weaponized vocal casting a siren song to the dancefloor as the buoyantly precise bass line bounces side to side. While some original elements did get the boot, less is more in this tech house stomper whose percussive energy is both infectious and unrelenting.
This isn't the first time Chris Lake has worked his magic on a pop tune. The Black Book Records label boss has accrued a remix reputation with fresh takes on cuts like Calvin Harris' "How Deep Is Your Love," KH’s (Four Tet) “Look At Your Pager," and "WTF (Where They From)" by Missy Elliot and Pharell. His take on "How Deep Is Your Love" is one of his most popular remixes, with over 66 million streams on Spotify alone.
We first heard this one during Lake's show-stealing set at elrow during Miami Music Week. If you missed that reliably raucous time, you'll be happy to know he's got a busy schedule ahead. He's slated to perform at festivals like North Coast and Imagine while frequenting famous venues like Denver’s Mission Ballroom and Las Vegas’ Marquee Dayclub. His shows are known for their high energy and infectious beats, so you won't want to miss out.
Portugal. The Man also continues to drop transcendent tunes that prove to be prime canvases for electronic remakes. “Feel It Still,” 2017’s global phenomenon, earned remixes by every artist from Zhu to Medasin, while production legend, Tycho, scored official remix duties for “Live In The Moment.” “Dummy” has now received flips by Chris Lake and Chrome Sparks since its release in March of this year, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it sparked a few more as festival season approaches.