We have arrived at 2019’s final Remix Radar. A day late, but what can you do when inclement weather affects travel. To close the year out, we feature Four Tet, Nina Kraviz, and Overmono. It’s one of my favorite editions of Remix Radar and I’m glad that the Year’s finale would be so juicy. Hopefully, these tunes will tide you over until we return in 2020.
Skrillex with Boys Noize & Ty Dolla $ign – Midnight Hour (Four Tet Remix)
Four Tet unleashes his creative genius upon the Grammy-nominated “Midnight Hour”. The English artist peels back the boisterous punchiness that earmarked the original to construct arguably my favorite remix of the year. The fresh and unique sound within the remix could only be birthed from Four Tet.
St. Vincent – New York (Nina Kraviz Vocal Mix)
I don’t want to say too much about Nina Kraviz’s reimaging of St. Vincent’s “New York” because this track deserves to be experienced without bias or opinions from others. What I will say is it’s hauntingly beautiful and very much Nina Kraviz.
Four Tet – Teenage Birdsong (Overmono Remix)
The second remix of Four Tet’s “Teenage Birdsong” is brought to us by Overmono. The brother duo from the UK construct an otherworldly record filled with titillating sounds. The duo’s version serves as the B-side to the vinyl release alongside Avalon Emerson’s recent remix, which was previously featured in Remix Radar.
Dom Dolla – San Frandisco (Illyus & Barrientos Remix)
Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco” spawns another fantastic remix. This time from Illyus & Barrientos. The Scottish duo has made quite a few appearances on Remix Radar this year and that’s with good reason. Illyus & Barrientos always bring a distinctive sound that entrances listeners. Their remix of “San Frandisco” continues that streak.
P.S the duo also released a remix for the Jax Jones and Years & Years track, “Play”.
Cassian Ft. Zolly – Magical (The Remixes)
Cassian’s “Magical” receives one of the best remix packs of the year. It features a special Cassian self-remix, a sizzling Enamour remix, and a mystical, swirling remix from Made In Paris. Listen to all three and I promise each will fascinate the mind.
Joe Smooth – Promised Land (Groove Armada Remix)
Two legends of Dance Music connect on Groove Armada’s remix of Joe Smooth’s 1987 release, “Promised Land”. The British duo is the perfect artist to remix the classic and in doing so bring forward a sound perfect for today’s listeners.
Tove Lo – Sweettalk My Heart (Jeremy Olander Remix)
Last week we featured the “Sweettalk My Heart” remix from Bloodpop and Burns. This week it is followed up by Jeremy Olander’s take on the hit from Tove Lo. Olander’s remix is very melodic and downtempo with swelling synths and cascading sound design that constructs a wonderful track.
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Camille Luciani Mix)
There have been quite a few remixes, edits, bootlegs, etc. of The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition”. The new remix from Camille Luciani is equally tantalizing as the previous edits. It’s a testament to the quality and emotional connectivity of the original’s spirit that so many talented artists could remix the track while still having that emotive pull. Camille’s progressive sound works tremendously and brings forth a delicious tune.
Jax Jones Ft. Ella Henderson – This Is Real (Jax Jones Midnight Snack Remix)
Jax Jones unleashes a darker, more brooding sound upon his track with Ella Henderson, “This Is Real”. The Midnight Snack Remix makes this tune ready for dimly lit clubs.
Orjan Nilsen Ft. Allé & Damon Sharpe – Phantom Heart (BLR Remix)
Released in conjunction with the original, BLR drips black magic upon Orjan Nilsen’s “Phantom Heart” to create an infectious attitude. The remix is less pretty with a darker spirit and bold sound design. Overall, I prefer the remix to the original.
ONE FROM THE VAULT
Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello, AN21, & Max Vangeli Remix)
To close out the last Remix Radar of the year, I felt it was fitting to feature one of the best remixes of the decade. Released in 2010, Pendulum’s “The Island” received a monumental remix from Steve Angello, AN21, and Max Vangeli. What would transpire was nothing short of astonishing. Their remix helped set the sound that would encapsulate the world during the EDM boom. Anecdotally speaking, it felt like every single live set would drop “The Island” remix. While it’s use may have waned, it still occasionally appears in sets to this day. The sign of a true hit.