Justice Skolnik will not be ignored. His most recent remix, ‘Lights Please' by J. Cole, is arguably the most convincing reason to keep watch on this guy blowing up. His remix of The Weeknd's ‘Wicked Games' is the juiciest, most satisfying version I've heard yet and his take on Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Sexual Healing' exemplifies his mature understanding of when to add only subtle changes and not overpower the original melody.
‘Lights Please' begins with wafting, dreamy electronic notes that mix with the main hook from the original song. After the [usual 4-count build], the beat drops in an ODESZA-like fashion, highlighting whimsical beats and a dreamy bass to give you all the warm fuzzies. No matter whether you're looking to dance, relax, or impress your friends with awesome new music, Justice does this song justice with a refreshing remix that will suite almost any mood. Similar to Marshmello‘s hit, ‘Keep it Mello', this track perfectly blends electronic elements with the rhythmic beat of hip-hop, resulting in a unique tune your friends will love.
If you pay attention to the lyrics in the original track, they allude to the decaying authenticity within the hip-hop industry. J. Cole wants to talk about ‘deep shit' in his music, but all the fans want is a track about money, sex, or drugs with a proper beat to ‘unzip her jeans' to. After a while, the money and fame that come with producing massive hits become irresistible to the rapper and he's left feeling empty and ashamed as he essentially sells out as many artists do. The ‘lights please' hook serves to illuminate this issue within modern hip-hop, while also giving the people what they want: a catchy beat they can dance to.
Justice Skolnik beautifully lays a colorful spin on ‘Lights Please' as he adds a playfully tropical vibe to lighten up the rather morbid, yet catchy original. If you hadn't heard the original rap song and jumped straight into this track, you might not even catch the lyrics in the stanza and think this song is a happy-go-lucky EDM track. Justice censors the harsh slang and curse words to lend itself easily on ears of any age, and overall brightens the music to complement the lyrics for a musical paradox. Take a listen below: