Techno flashback time, here’s The Cure, with their big hit “Just Like Heaven.”
It’s an impressive mix, but electronic music should have a good mix. Decades before the really heavy techno and house productions brought in booming bass and robotic beats, the guitars and bass and drums of The Cure might not sound overly produced to today’s ears. But those chorus keyboards, high and lofty above the mix are the pioneering sounds that put them in the synth pop bin back in the day, right next to The Eurythmics, Depeche Mode and The Pet Shop Boys.
This song’s intro starts right off with a huge drum hit and the bass line. The bass holds it all together while the rest of the band lays in. Each instrument appears up and then fades back into the mix as the next instrument joins in, the acoustic strumming, the high synth voices, until the final guitar riff catches them all and starts winding around them.
By the time Robert Smith starts the vocal, the whole band is in. All the voices are fit in their frequency bands, each riff hitting in the right spot with plenty of space. It is a really great mix, and a great way to think about putting a whole mix together. The bass and drums form the spine of the song, but various voices hold the ear while they come together.
It would be a great sound check song to mix a live room once all the levels are established.