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 -


Ctelblog said...

Cracking post

NoiseAbuse said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Valerie Blog. A gem!

x said...

// Yeah, is a really wonderful blog with a unique taste that focuses on dreamy, synthy, ambient-ish house.

Not all blogs compete for the same attention, and I think they do a really good job at promoting a very particular genre of music that doesn't get coverage elsewhere (much).

NoiseAbuse said...

They cater my lust for those dreamy ambient synth sounds. ive been listening to alot of bassline electro and i was looking for something softer. just happened to drop by this blog and get my fix.

Paul B said...

I think Stuart Price ( Les Rhythms Gigitale & Thin White Duke)is British, he may live in America from time to time, but he was a nieghbour of mine in Reading, UK...

Anonymous said...

what drkhrse said, I think Stuart Price is British. Great Post Nonetheless.


x said...

// he was born in france, but i now think he is british. my mistake!

how could i be so silly?

an american?
being a good remix artist?

logic defies me!

Anonymous said...

Dude, fab post! And those Thin White Duke remixes have something that makes me tingle. I'm definitely using at least one of them on a D.I.S.C.O.TEXAS party this friday.

Mr. T said...

Great post. But Mylo is from the Isle of Skye, Scotland I believe.

Anonymous said...

Ive always been a fan of the sounds of soothing relaxation. For example, Clocks by Coldplay is something special most definitely! It must be an all time favorite of mine, its the perfect song for a cold windy day driving in your 'just washed' car down the highway//

Much Love

Anonymous said...

That Miss Broadway Remix ruins everything that is so fantastic about the original.

dog star man said...

Fantastic post man, only one thing. Mylo, is from Scotland...and you know, you don't want to piss off those Scots!

Anonymous said...

What dog man star said, Mylo is from the sunny island of Skye in Scotland. There's a can of worms waiting to be opened saying he's from England.

Awesome blog, cheers sir.

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