Welcome back to Remix Radar! I hope everyone is staying safe and doing the best they can during this trying time. For some stupid reason, I still see people on my Instagram out and about in groups doing things. I guess people don’t understand the importance of seclusion, which is 100% effective at preventing the spread of the virus. This is a reason the virus is doubling every 24 hours to 48 hours across the globe. While most of us won’t be greatly affected, we must take precautions to protect our fellow humans.
This week we feature remixes from Chromatics, Riton, and Hannah Wants. Scroll down for the fun!
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights (Chromatics Remix)
We kick things off with the surprise drop of The Weeknd’s deluxe version of After Hours. Nestled neatly amongst the backend of the album, is this dazzling remix from Chromatics. It features an extra verse from Ruth Radelet that fits like a beautiful, natural embrace. The production work from Johnny Jewel is out of this world and truly takes this track to a whole new level of coolness.
Piero Pirupa – Braindead (Heroin Kills) [Riton Remix]
It’s tough to say a song is playful when there is a repeated verse that says “Heroin kills”, but Riton’s remix of Piero Piropa’s “Braindead” is just that. The remix is definitely going to be a club-raiser when the world gets back to normalcy. Riton’s version is a little less aggressive than Piero Pirupa’s original version. However, both are great in their own ways.
Martin Solveig Ft. Roy Woods – Romeo & Juliet (Hannah Wants Remix)
I’m not going to lie, but I was surprised to hear Hannah Wants take on “Romeo & Juliet”. My preconceived idea didn’t allow me to fathom a tech-y, hard-hitting sound meshing with the uplifting, whimsical wave of the original. However, we’re here and it clearly worked well.
Kasbo Ft. Lizzy Land – I Get You (Fakear Remix)
Fakear absolutely crushes the remix of Kasbo’s “I Get You”. The French artist creates a glitchy oscillation that has a bite of intrigue that really entertains my eardrums. That’s even before we get to the new and improved driving rhythm. I much prefer Fakear’s version to the original, but I like the pull of less commercial sounds and feelings.
Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Riva Starr Paradise Garage Remix)
Eleven years ago, Dennis Ferrer’s “Hey Hey” hit the collective brainstem of house music. It went on to Beatport’s most charted track that year and was a common addition to sets and mixes around the globe. Riva Starr’s “Garage Remix” has been utilized as a surprise drop in many of his sets. Fortunately for us, it’s finally receiving a traditional release and continues the impressive history of “Hey Hey”.
Lost Frequencies & Love Harder – Beat Of My Heart (Deluxe Edit)
A part of the “Beat Of My Heart” remix pack came the Lost Frequencies’ “Deluxe Edit”. He keeps the track in the downtempo realm, but adds a layer of underground-soul and a new synth that is deliciously mesmerizing.
The Weeknd – After Hours (The Blaze Remix)
The Weeknd dropping the Deluxe album brought us another incendiary remix. This time French duo The Blaze joins in on the fun. The cousin-duo transform “After Hours” into something with a bit more drive and synth-wave, which molds wonderfully with The Weeknd’s vocals. The Blaze are definitely ones to watch as 2020 progresses.
Catching Flies – Z (Laurence Guy Remix)
The long time readers of Remix Radar will know that I have been a massive fan of Catching Flies and pretty much every remix he’s released for tracks off his album, Silver Linings. Laurence Guy takes “Z” to a whole new atmospheric level filled with wonderous drum-programming that brings new energy to “Z”.
Roland Clark – I Get Deep (RC Deep House Mix)
Roland Clark is a legend of dance music and more specifically house music. If you haven’t dived into the discographies of the original purveyors of house, do yourself a favor and do that. In the meantime, give RC’s deep house mix of Roland Clark’s 1999 release “I Get Deep”. You’ll notice that the original “They know what is what, but they don’t know what is what. They just strut. What the fuck!?” comes from this track.
TisaKorean Ft. Kblast & Huncho Da Rockstar – The Mop (4B Remix)
When we can get back to normal and have events, festivals, or club shows, 4B’s remix of “The Mop” is easily going to cause a riot amongst the crowds. The low-ends punch with such ferocity after the drop that it will be a common inclusion in DJ sets.
PRAANA – Asylum (Quivver Remix)
I assume by the name that the Colorizer 2020 Sampler was supposed to be a post-Ultra or Miami Music Week celebration. Sadly, COVID-19 has ruined 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be blessed with great tunes. Nestled, in “The Sampler” is a hypnotic new remix of PRAANA’s “Asylum” from Quivver. The remix is a bit more minimalistic, which allows an emphasis on each individual sound to slither around listeners’ minds.
Ella Eyre – New Me (Goodboys Remix)
Ella Eyre has dropped some really cool remixes over the last few months. Continuing that trend, Goodboys bring an absolute party to the soundwaves with their take on “New Me”, highlighting their impressive production skills. The duo originally broke onto the scene with their vocals on MEDUZA’s smash-hit “Piece Of Your Heart”. It’s nice to see Goodboys breaking out
ONE FROM THE VAULT
Rival Consoles – Recovery (Vessels Remix)
The Vessels remix of “Recovery” is so incredible. It’s a lush world built by beautifully woven sounds. The 7 and a half minute long track truly sends listeners on a sonic voyage that melts minds along the way.