The 10 Best Remixes You’ve Ever Heard Vol. 1
Good things come in tens, not threes. At least that’s the way I look at it. Yet, that statement makes this playlist title make even less sense since it’s Vol. 1. and ‘one’ is far from ten. Yes, we plan on making more. We wouldn’t tease you with a Volume 1 and hold all of the rest back. That would be like Jay-Z coming out with In My Lifetime, then going dark on us. Not cool. We get it. We won’t let you down (Update: Part 2 is here!).
We start our Vol. 1 off strong. Our list holds up to its name too because these remixes are songs I hold dearly and I’ll run you through the reasons why. If you think something should have been on this list or should be on a future ‘Greatest Remixes’ list, we’d really like to hear from you in the comments below.
Feist is good right off the bat, but something we look for in a good remix is an alteration of the original song so far from what it originally sounded like, it’s practically a new song alltogether. Britt Daniels in this case is genius. He strings together a tight rhythm to a song that really isn’t too easy to match the vocals to. Lots of bpm differentials here.
Apparat is just made for remixing, but I think what gets me the most about this remix is the bass breakdown at 2:37. Listen and you’ll know what I’m
talking writing about. That bass should be in every song. Every. Single. Song.
Phones is the moniker of someone who produced Adele‘s album 21. You guessed it, Paul Epworth just a few years ago, went by the name of Phones and we actually picked this track as our favorite remix of 2008. Around that time, there was a mysterious departing message from Phones letting us know he’s on to bigger and better projects.
[quote]I let it be known a few weeks back that I am killing off the Phones moniker once and for all. The reasons are simple really.. that I feel I’ve just about exhausted the creativity in how I have done 40 remixes for various people and felt like it was better to leave it there than to continue and risk spoiling some of the things I’ve done. The last few mixes I’ve done were hard work and I felt like I need to start afresh under a new name.. anonymously. The things that excite me musically change all the time and it feels like a shame to be stuck in one groove when there is a lot more to explore outside of those confines. Px[/quote]
There’s lots of Phones’ stuff out there from years past, but this is pretty neat to see Epworth’s skills at hand in their earlier stages. It really shows how much talent he really did have and how much of that influenced Adele’s Grammy-winning album from 2011. Sorry, we did not put any of our Adele remixes on this list!
The basis for a good remix is always good vocals, and less importantly a good song. Some DJs or remixers leave the majority of the elements in a songs. We weren’t going to bore you with a remix of “Nude” after the bazillions of remixes Radiohead inflicted upon us two years ago with their contest. “Climbing Up The Walls” combines the mysteriously drawing vocals of an earlier Radiohead along side some of the best chillout artists of the 90s – Zero 7 and Sneakers Pimps. Probably the oldest track on this list, but very notable, particularly for those looking for Radiohead remixes.
I feel guilty throwing this one in here. It doesn’t have much maturity behind it compared to the rest of the list, but anything related to Tycho is candy to us (#5 on our best albums of 2011). Mix all of that up with Keep Shelly In Athens, who has made more than a few quality remixes, including “Cub” by Solar Bears (great band name).
We just reviewed Geographer’s latest album Myth and we think quite highly of it. That made this remix a no-brainier for this list. Not only was “Kites” featured on one of Geographer’s previous albums, but Warner Bros. thought highly enough of them to pick them up on their label along with a few other gems appearing at SXSW. Limousines on the other hand are a bunch of wily young folk who were crazy enough to remix a song before anyone else even thought of doing so. We’d personally like to see about another 20 remixes of “Kites”, but this one will do just fine.
Phoenix blew up in 2009 and the Phoenix remixes were overflowing. In fact, we sorted through all of those remixes here. While there are about five others I would have loved to choose, this one is the most likely remix to start a dance party. It’s Daft Punkish, it’s got a nice breakdown and it even goes on a little spin for a few minutes just breaking it down so well. It also needs to be noted that Lisztomania was the most remixed song that we saw in 2009, so for this track to be here says something. A good song will spur on many a good remix.
Lykke Li pretty much the antithesis of Nicki Minaj. If you don’t like one of these ladies, you’re bound to like the other one. Sure, we could have thrown Ladytron in here pretty easily, but CSS does such a fantastic job with this track, adding that extra bit of ‘pop’ to the track that makes it a sure shot for any occasion. And yes, this version is better than the original and better than the one with Drake in it.
We didn’t put this one at the bottom of this list for any reason in particular. In fact, this track was the inspiration for this post. Beck alone is one of our most beloved artists and I’ll just leave it at that. The irony of this track is I didn’t like the original of this song at all. The remix by Hugo Nicolson marks one of the best, most broad-covering and likable remixes out there. You could play this at a party, on the beach, in a sauna, on a rollercoaster…. okay, maybe not a rollercoaster unless they replaced the Aerosmith ride in Disney. Is that still there? Anyway, this track rocks and so does Beck.
RAC can do no wrong. Almost every song they remix turns to gold. On the rare occasion, it seems they fall into a pile of gold like “Something Good Can Work” and turn a song into an epic dance track. Two Door Cinema are about as hot as it gets in term of new popularity and have that indie edge – like Tokyo Police Club mixed with Ra Ra Riot. This track has beats that will boil your brain, quick-witted vocals that can’t be denied and will start a party in about 3 seconds. Just play and watch it go down.
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Try Fred Falke's remix of Golden Cage by Whitest Boy Alive. Give it a listen a few times and listen to all the back round sounds, keyboards and the smoothness of transitions. You will soon be addicted. It is imho the best remix ever created of any genre or song.
I've got to say I've always preferred the twelves remix of something good can happen its just more fun in my mind.
G'day Brendan, thanks for efforts good work mate. Call stupid but I have right clicked everything on the page and can't find a download link can you fill me in please cheers.
Great post! Had heard a few of these before but not the majority of them. Looking forward to taking all of them in during work tomorrow : )
@SimonGolab I've honestly never heard that version. I do have The Twelves' remix of "Help I'm Alive" by Metric which is good. I'll give it a listen... thanks for your comment!
Hi Paul - Right Click and 'Save Link As'... should be good to go! Let me know if you have any issues.