Remix Radar arrives with its 59th edition! How the hell have I done so many? We are a day late due to the long weekend here, Stateside. It was what we call Labor Day on Monday, which means most people have off from work. I was able to recharge and prevent myself from going crazy, so that’s a positive, right? One positive from being tardy, we fall on Roland 909 day, and in celebration, I bring an honorary treat of famed 909 users who also are often celebrated today. The surprise is at the bottom, from the vault. Additionally, we bring a new week of dope remixes that features Jonas Blue, MK, and Solomun. Scroll down for the fun!
Felix Da Housecat & The Visionary – My Life Is Music (Jonas Blue Remix)
Felix Da Housecat and The Visionary originally dropped “My Life Is Music” in 2009, which went on to be a dance and club success. The original still pops up in live mixes to this day. Now, it gets a modern awakening from massive success, Jonas Blue. I really enjoy what he brings to the table on his remix. He doesn’t go too commercial and keeps a clubbier sound that should work in multiple settings. it doesn’t have the original’s funk, but the in-your-face percussion unleashes a spicier version for modern sensibilities.
Kideko & Armand Van Helden – The Fire (MK Remix)
Kideko scored a massive success with his Armand Van Helden collaboration, “The Fire”. They’ve released quite a few remixes over the last few weeks with the newest from MK. It’s my favorite of the group and sees MK bring a refined, House style that reminds me of MK’s early work. It has a boisterous sound and a delicious piano melody that dances around listeners, enveloping in gleeful energy.
Perry Ferrell – Where Have You Been All My Life (Solomun Remix)
Whenever a Solomun record drops, original or remix, I think to myself, “Hell yeah, let’s see what trip he’s taking us on this time” and without fail, Solomun sends us careening into a beautiful sonic playground. He achieves that once again on his remix of Perry Ferrell’s “Where Have You Been All My Life”, the frontman of Jane’s Addiction and founder of Lollapalooza. On the remix, Solomun unleashes a sound that’s insanely awesome that transforms the rock sound of the original to typical Solomun design that falls somewhere in the experimental, Melodic House and Techno designations. To not spoil the record, I’ll only say that it has all sorts of intrigue and mind-melting goodness and it’s well worth a listen.
Steve Aoki Ft. ILoveMakonnen & Rich the Kid – How Else (Todd Terry Remix)
What a star-studded record. You have Steve Aoki, and two of the hottest rising Hip-Hop acts with ILoveMakonnen and Rich the Kid. Then you throw in the absolute legend of House and dance music as a whole, Todd Terry, to remix the record. In other words, this remix was designed to hit all corners of the dance market and it succeeds with a grumbling, low-end riding New York House styling. This Todd Terry remix is even better than the original pack from 2016.
Lastlings – No Time (Will Easton Remix)
Last week, we received the Lastlings spin on Cassian’s “Together”. This week we get Will Easton’s remix of Lastlings’ “No Time”, which continues a string of incredible records from the rising British talent. Many will recognize his name from his Duke Dumont remix, but I’m quite certain many will recognize him for his own records soon enough. Instead of listening to me pontificate, Will provided us with the following quote: “It was such an awesome opportunity to work with Lastlings on this one. The vocal is so beautiful and haunting, it’s ready-made for the dance floor so I’m glad I was able to put my spin on it.”
Raumakustik – Arpe (Tube & Berger Remix)
Tube & Berger bring a fiery remix to Raumakstik’s “Arpe”. The British duo add a layer of thicker bass and darker vibes to transport listeners to an underground world where raving in a warehouse was acceptable and catching a virus wasn’t even a thought.
Flight Facilities Ft. Giselle – Crave You (Hush Hush Bootleg)
I don’t know if anything can quite hit and connect like the original “Crave You”. It’s such a magical tune with emotional barbs that stick deep into your soul. It’s why Flight Facilities took off and — in particular — “Crave You” was such a massive record. In a surprise turn of events, we get this Hush Hush bootleg, which is absolutely fantastic. He doesn’t try to reinvent the record like many remixers attempt to do and keeps the emotive qualities churning from the depths of the record. He does take it to a wubbier zone with a thicker beat and rambunctious low-ends to truly build a great new version of “Crave You”.
Texture Droite – A Vibrant Touch Offfff (French 79 Remix)
A scintillating remix unfolds from French 79’s reimagining of Texture Droite’s “A Vibrant Touch Offfff”. With a heavy focus on synthesizers and a slow build, French 79 builds a wondrous energy that radiates insatiable electricity as the build combusts with penetrative sound.
Donna Giles – And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going 2020 (Wh0 Club Mix)
Originally, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” was a smash hit from the Broadway musical, Dreamgirls. There have been multiple versions of the record including a Whitney Houston and — of course — Jennifer Hudson’s version from her Oscar award-winning performance in 2006’s Dreamgirls movie. We also received the Donna Giles version all the way back in 1994, which became a successful club record. Now, we get a modern version from Wh0 who keeps the record squarely in the club realm. The British duo does a great job of building a new, modern sound while retaining a classic feel. It definitely conjures memories of the old, original House and I’m all for it.
Blank & Jones with Emma Brammer – Right Time (Kraak & Smaak Remix)
Blank & Jones are quite the legendary duo with multiple globally charted records, a US Dance #1, and a longstanding career that still runs wild to this day. Kraak & Smaak hop on the remix and take the legends’ recent record, “Right Time”, for a spin. The Dutch trio constructs a smooth groove with a delightful bite. It’s simply a nice nu-disco tune.
Jody Wisternoff Ft. Mimi Page – For Those We knew (Spencer Brown & Wilt Claybourne Remix)
Jody Wisternoff’s “For Those We Knew” gets an ethereal remix from Spencer Brown and Wilt Claybourne. The collaborative duo gives the record a spacier feel, while adding extra emphasis to the orchestral elements in the chorus. The remix is quite the sonic journey that transports listeners to a colorful, kaleidoscope-like sonic world.
Harry Romero – Control (Josh Wink Interpretation)
Harry Romero is tight. Josh wink is tight. Throw them together.. oh baby we gotta stew brewing. Mr. Wink remixes control into a minimalist Techno styled record with incendiary sound design. It slowly builds and growls while radiating a metallurgic vibe that will keep your head bobbing and feet shuffling for all 8 minutes.
Seb Zito Ft. Alex Mills – 2020 (Huxley Edit)
Huxley unleashes the heat on his remix of Seb Zito’s “2020”. He takes the record to a rave, breaks region of sound, and weaves together a vibe that has a classic, yet timeless feel to it. It’s a monstrous tune that brings feelings of nostalgia for the older, underground era of dance music, pre-EDM boom.
Aspetuck – Lift Point (Route 8’s Dubby Has No Master Remix)
Aspetuck, the rising persona from Griff Fulton (brother of Pierce Fulton), just dropped his two track capsule and celebrated by getting married. Nestled in the releases are two remixes, one of which is this dubbed out version of “Lift Point” from Route 8. The remix is a bit deeper with thumping dubs and a nice layer of shimmering synths that take this record to the derelict underground vibes.
Humans – At the Beach (Parono Remix)
This Parono remix is insanely amazing. I haven’t found out much information about Parono, but what I do know is that he or she is insanely talented and is able to weave together a tantalizing sound design from Humans’ “At The Beach”. The 7 minute record rides a wavy, percussive sound with electrical tentacles of intriguing synths that takes listeners on a mesmerizing sonic journey. If anyone knows who Parono is, send me a DM or email!
ONE FROM THE VAULT
Daft Punk – Revolution 909 (Roger Sanchez Remix)
It’s Roland 909 day, which is also often referenced as Daft Punk Day, one of the most famous users of the 909. What better way to celebrate than to bring the Roger Sanchez remix of Daft Punk’s “Revolution 909”, which has ample helpings of the 909. Roger’s remix is amazing and does justice to the legends that are Daft Punk.