Friday, 31 October 2008
Remember the Remixes
Today's post is all about remix artists. Too often, we only look at an artist's original productions and miss out on their remixes. Let's get started:
New York's Masters At Work puts a stylish, lounge-friendly touch to the tracks they remix.
Daft Punk - Around The World (Masters At Work Mix)
AtmOsfear - Dancing In Outer Space (Masters At Work Remix)
Norway's Röyksopp beefs up other people's tracks with their enchanting melodies, transforming an otherwise traditional song into electronica.
Spiller - Cry Baby (Röyksopp's Malselves Memorabilia Mix)
Coldplay - Clocks (Röyksopp Mix)
France's Anoraak reworks tracks into new wave synth masterpieces. Although a bit slow for some, this is an emerging style of music that takes the production elements of Lifelike remixes and blends them with the spacey, retro sound heralded by the incredible Valerie blog. Anoraak remixes are poster children for this type of sound.
College - Teenage Color (Anoraak Remix)
The Outrunners - Cool Feeling (Anoraak Remix)
England's Mylo has an inventive approach to remixing songs, turning pop songs into something more danceable by playing with bass lines and adding a little something to make sure it has a consistent beat (usually).
Annie - Chewing Gum (Mylo Remix)
Flat Pack - Sweet Child of Mine (Mylo Edit)
America's (I KNOW, I WAS SURPRISED, TOO) Thin White Duke (also known as Stuart Price, Jacques Lu Cont, Pour Homme, Man With Guitar, Les Rythmes Digitales, and a member of Zoot Woman and Paper Faces!) really knows how to work his magic when it comes to remixes. Often extending the original track to 7 or 8 minutes, Price changes a track into something much more engrossing, often adding a darker, epic feeling.
Röyksopp - What Else Is There? (Thin White Duke Mix)
Starsailor - Four To The Floor (Thin White Duke Remix)
Although I'm not a fan of his original productions, I really enjoy remixes done by Serge Santiágo. Oddly, his work on the remix of "I Like 2 Funk" is amazingly different from his other remixes - it's funky and groovy, whilst his other remixes are typically a bit more linear and deeper. I highly recommend "I Like 2 Funk," with its insatiable, choppy bass and tinge of disco-era instruments.
Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse (Serge Santiágo Re-Edit)
Blackjax & Void - I Like 2 Funk (Ben Burns & Serge Santiágo Remix)
Okay, these next two remixes are shamelessly disco house - because that's a genre both you and I adore, right? Ian Carey, an American (SERIOUSLY?), gives tracks an extra boost by injecting flanger effects and warm, rubbery bass lines. Of all the tracks on this post, these two are by far the most danceable - good for you DJs out there. Enjoy!
Noir - My MTV (Ian Carey Remix)
Belle Epoque - Miss Broadway (Ian Carey Mix)
by Kiyoshi - www.myspace.com/kiyoshi