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You should all know by now that i quite like music. I've previously posted my favourite tracks from film and game soundtracks; but soundtracks aren't the only passion of mine. Electronic music would be a close second.
This time around, i want to do things a little differently, and actually talk about the music a bit, rather than just post a collection of album art. And today i want to talk about remixes. Why remixes? Simple enough, there are some real gems out there that nobody knows about. Here are some of my personal favourites. Be mindful though, many of them are quite abrasive and don't qualify as easy-listening. But maybe you'll enjoy some of them regardless – or because of that.
Also, i decided against ranking them. Instead you'll find an arrangement that has a certain flow to it. This is supposed to be a mixtape after all. I tried to keep its runtime shorter than last time, as to not overload you. (This could mean, of course, that i might post a b-side or something in another journal…)
And finally, you'll again find direct links to a YouTube video for each remix – and the original – but if you want to listen to the whole thing, here's a playlist. Enjoy!
Good speakers or headphones can't hurt, by the way.
This is the title track from the second "Fast and Furious" movie, but don't let that scare you away! It's a remix full of action and power (which is quite appropriate for a racing movie), and it should do the job of starting off this mixtape with a punch. It's the only track that has hip-hop elements in it, so let's get it out of the way before moving on to more electronic stuff.
When an album has an insanely long title like this, you can expect all kinds of weird things from it. And this one delivers. It features artists that come from all over the musical spectrum – from pop over progressive rock to post-industrial. The result is an intense album that smashes and trashes the originals, many with very little respect. But it makes for a few very intersting remixes; this one from the Sugababes in particular. The fact that it was a pop song to begin with helps a lot in making this song quite catchy – even catchier than the original – albeit quite heavy.
Ben Medcalf, a.k.a. The Rogue Element, is a largely unknown and woefully underrated breakbeat producer from the UK, and Culprit 1 is even lesser known than him. But this resulting remix right here could pass for one of The Prodigy's or The Crystal Method's finest songs at the best of times: it's loud, peppy, and has an incredible drive. If you like breaks, the whole album might be something for you.
Speaking of The Prodigy, for the longest time there really was no need to remix these guys. Nothing good could ever come from remixing their 1997 hallmark album "The Fat of the Land", because it is that good. (If you listen to the 15th anniversary edition of that album, you know what i mean.) "Luckily", their later records weren't quite as stellar, so Noisia (a drum'n'base trio from the Netherlands) took it upon themselves to make a mediocre track quite cool.
I don't even know if this is a remix of an existing song or just something fresh thrown together for that issue of "FabricLive" (a series of mix albums released by London nightclub Fabric), but this track is so neat that it doesn't matter anyway. It's an abomination of a song, but soooo badass. All i'll say is: dubstep, grime, and vocal samples like "Geezer was so hard even his fucking nightmares were scared of him".
Speaking of dubstep, this is one of the better tracks of this genre i've heard. It's not the dark/minimal kind à la Burial, but neither is it the "brostep" kind à la Skrillex. It's also not as crazy as the previous song. I don't want to open up a discussion when i say "this is the good kind of dubstep", but… This is the good kind of dubstep. And yes, the original is from one of Bob Marley's many sons, which isn't half bad to begin with.
If you like synthpop, the original by Giana Factory is decent. It has a nice dark vibe to it that Trentemøller brings out to the fullest. I'd say this version could be classified as a darkwave/minimal techno hybrid.
I couldn't find the original on YouTube, sorry!
2 Trentemøller remixes in a row? Boy, this dude has to be special – and he bloody hell is. The original song by Tomboy is a synthpoppy track that isn't the worst in the world, but Trentemøller brings it to another level. Several levels, in fact. This resulting remix is a 9 minute epic that fuses so many genres so effortlessly that it's hard to keep up – but it's so much fun to try!
Time to get a bit "old school" with this one. While the original isn't a bad song (if you happen to like Björk), this is one of her best remixes.
When Icelandic singer/songwriter Emilíana Torrini started making music in the late 90s, her dream was that one day one of her albums would get the "remix treatment". That was a time before the internet of today, when things like that didn't really happen all that often. A year after her breakthrough album "Love in a Time of Science", she had her wish granted – and we got an incredible series of remix EPs, dubbed e:rmx. Fellow music act from Iceland múm contributed this little gem. Very subdued, very chill.
A remix that isn't all that different from the original at first glance – both have a similar laid back feel to it. But i think this remix improves upon it in almost every area. It makes the song feel a lot more mature – like a good Scotch Whisky compared to Moonshine Schnapps.
Ah, OverClocked ReMix, the go-to place for video game remixes. Quality and diversity have declined somewhat in recent years, however, or i'm just becoming sick of the same music being submitted there every day. Regardless, this remix is one of the edgiest stuff i've ever heard. It's not a melodious song any longer, not by any stretch, but it highlights the remixers talent in deconstructing the original and piecing it back together in a really tight fashion. I love the incredibly controlled distortion and beat/fx work of this piece. It's a real shame that it has been removed from OCRemix, because it's my favourite track from that site.
Time to end this mixtape; time to end it with the classic "calm and peaceful ending song". The original track concludes Björk's album "Post" on an experimental and hypnotic note, but this remix (made by Mika Vainio from Finland) works even better as a closing track.