Sometimes when I require inspiration for a post, I go to my friends. By that, I mean I go on Facebook. They say you are only as good as the company you keep so with that in mind, I went on Facebook hoping someone would miraculously inspire me with an amazing Facebook status update. Lets take a look…
Ahh there it is.
Let’s face it – remixes mostly suck. However I am in the camp that believes that not all remixes suck. So here are some remixes I think are better then the original.
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aaeroplane remix featuring Au Revoir Simone)
When is a remix not a remix? You could make an argument that this is more a cover then a remix since the song is performed by another artist. It came into my inbox with that name. Anyways, this version of Paris absolutely destroys the original. Whereas most remixes speeds up songs, Aeroplane’s remix slows down the Friendly Fires track and sexes it up with dirty synthesizers and the dreamy voices of the Au Revoir Simone girls. I don’t even listen to the original anymore.
Van She – Kelly (life like remix)
Sometimes a remix takes parts of a song that you like, parts that you thought were too short and extends it to a more acceptable range. This remix of Van She’s Kelly does exactly that, extending the intro and highlighting the synthesizers a tad more. Sometimes a remix doesn’t have to do much and this is one of those examples.
Happy Mondays – WFL (Vince clarke mix)
Already a pretty decent song on it’s own right, Vince Clarke’s beat driven remix of the Happy Mondays song Wrote For Luck is probably one of the most famous remixes out there. It probably was one of those unavoidable songs in a UK night club in the late 80s. Hell, I still hear this remix today.
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (Fred Falke remix)
This one will probably ruffle some feathers. The original version of Two Weeks is arguably the best known Grizzly Bear song. The vocals and harmony on the song are perfect and it is delicately balanced by striking piano notes. A great song by its own right . This Fred Falke remix just kicks its ass by adding a very complementary synthesizer arrangement and a dance beat that’s pleasant but not overbearing. The result still contains the rich vocals (not modified) but with the additions turns the chorus into a completely epic piece of music. It’s so good.
Baxendale – I Built This City (original maxi mix)
This is a case where a song was completely unknown until someone made a remix of it. No one had really heard of Baxendale until this mix of the song came out on the Internet. It caught on in some places, including the influential bliss pop people in Washington Dc and the next thing you know, it was everywhere. I haven’t heard from this band since but this mix remains one of my favorite tracks.