They’re a rare sighting like albino koalas but great remixes are special when you come across one.
It takes more than just speeding up the track and throwing some house beats beneath it.
Great remixes enhance the original composition – not overpower or underwhelm it. Great remixes make you think, “OK the original was fine but this is amazing on a whole different level”.
Here are some of my favourite remixes that have gone on repeat more than their original counterparts.
Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice (Pet Shop Boys Electro Mix)
An avalanche of icy electro synths brings out the best in Yoko‘s haunting vocals.
Britney Spears – 3 (Wolfgang Gartner Radio Edit)
The original version was like nails down a blackboard for me. But Gartner turns up the strut factor with carefully placed refrains that leaves you anticipating the beat to drop again in the chorus.
RuPaul – Jealous of My Boogie (RuRu & Rozy Disco Mix)
Where the album version was more 80s synth and Auto-Tune prominent, the R&R Disco Mix pulsates with the addition of crisp drum kits, cow bells and a percolating synth.
Shakira – She Wolf (Deeplick Edit)
It’s always refreshing to hear a radio friendly remix that isn’t overweighted by clubby synths. The Deeplick mix captures the quirky, rhythmic nature of She Wolf and translates it with vocoderised vocals and hand claps.
Jessica Mauboy – Burn (Pop Embassy Remix)
Forget Jason Nevins‘ remix, this is the only Burn remix that matters. Pop Embassy restyles Burn in a fashion that is more accessible to the British pop market. Fans of The Saturdays‘ ‘Up’ would be lapping this up.
Gwen Stefani – 4 In The Morning (Oscar The Punk Remix)
A minimalist wind down of Gwen’s AM ballad – complete with atmospheric synths, ticking clocks and a dark buzzing beat.
Cheyne – Taste You (Sweeter Than Bee Pollen Remix)
Reconnecting the former Madison Avenue singer with her jazz preferences, this generous remix spends the first two minutes serenading you with a saxophone solo and gentle piano tinklings. The loungey allure remains even when the metronomic beats drop in.
Solange – God Given Name (Soulshock & Karlin Mix)
A mellow pop mix that isn’t too far removed from the organic funk original.
Jewel – Only One Too (Filter Factory vs. Lenny B. Dub)
While I’m not a huge appreciator of dubs, it’s hard to ignore the major hands-in-the-air factor of this mix. Added admiration for transforming a beige adult contemporary track into a throbbing club sensation.
In-Grid – In-Tango (S Faction – Benny Benassi Mix)
This is what gay clubbing in Mykonos sounds like in my head. With extreme furniture-shifting bass and some sinister synths, I’d be surprised if the Mediterranean club scene slept on this.