L.A.-based electronic trio Cheat Codes — Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford, and Matthew Russell — have their own cheat code to life. “[It’s] being able to have fun, while skipping all of the hard stuff and any sorts of limitations,” Matthew said. “It’s our mission statement. The whole idea and vision for us was to start a project that was really entertaining and fun. We decided if we made simple quality songs, it would work out organically.”
“Simple quality songs” means their international Salt-N-Pepa sampling hit “Sex” and their latest single “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On),” a remake of Kevin Lyttle‘s dancehall smash “Turn Me On” with Dante Klein.
In the cinematic music video to “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On),” the members party with sword swallowers and burlesque dancers in a high-surveillance, dystopian society. “We wanted to do something different and cinematic for this video,” the trio told Billboard. “Our team went all out for the visuals: hiring jugglers, fire dancers, and sword swallowers. We even used the same lenses used on J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek to get that extra high quality sci-fi cinema look.”
Watch their take on 1984 below, and catch the trio at Billboard’s Hot 100 Fest at Jones Beach, New York this summer.