Layers of vocals, instruments, and that touch of cow bell, when properly executed form a song that can top your “Most Played” and be put on endless repeat by radio stations around the world. Such songs, you might think, should never be messed with.
While I agree that some songs are better left untouched, I have to say I adore a good remix. If done correctly, a remix can flip a song upside down while capturing the essence of the original. For me, remixes often breathe new life into a song that I’ve probably overplayed, allowing me to shamelessly put it back on repeat. And sometimes, I grow to love a remix more than the original. It’s rare, I know, but give me a chance! I promise you will not be disappointed. Here are some remixes that make the cut:
Broken Bells: Holding on for Life (Baio Remix)
The original is a haunting tune that relies on the slightly strained vocals of James Mercer and a few key synth notes to make the song (listen to the original here). The remix however, alters his voice, speeds up the tempo, and adds some reverb to really make the song pop. There is even some DJ-esque scratching of Mercer’s voice that makes this originally mellow song danceable. Plus, this was remixed by none other than Chris Baio, bassist of one of my favorite bands — Vampire Weekend! It’s an all around win.
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Two Door Cinema Club: Something Good Can Work (RAC Mix) and
Lana Del Ray – Blue Jeans (RAC Mix)
Ok. So it’s taking every fiber of my being not to make this list solely based on the work of (André Allen Anjos) better know as RAC. Everything he touches is gold! I have never found any of his 200 remixes to disappoint. His unique approach for every song keeps me coming back for more. I can’t really explain the magic that he does, but he never takes away from the original. Here are two of my all time favorites:
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Destiny’s Child: Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Growing up in the 90s, Destiny’s Child was the group to listen too. Most girls my age can still spout off the lyrics to any of their songs at any moment. Although they haven’t released any new music as a group recently, these ladies are still nothing short of iconic. So why would you want to remix perfection? Ask Cyril Hahn. I don’t know how he did it, but he managed to turn a feisty song about a potential cheater into an ultra mellow tune, giving the chillest of vibes. I may be alone on this one, but this jam is worthy of the repeat button.
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