Chefchauoen, Morocco. October 2014. via TRAVELSTACHE
I’m not sure how, but I tended to favor a lot of remixes with vocal distortion this week. I normally shy away from those efforts, but in these cases, the manipulation matches the production. Amtrac’s deft house-inspired skills work magic with Alesso’s “Heroes”, while Twista’s classic “Overnight Celebrity” gets a touch of tropical house. Janet Jackson once again shows why she is the prime candidate for remixing with slowed vocals that hue Justin Faust’s deep house portrait of “Someone To Call My Lover”. Mike Posner also gets the vocal distortion treatment on an excellent, key and percussion-filled rendition of “Cooler Than Me” by rising producer Eau Claire.
When I heard Cashmere Cat was behind some of Ryn Weaver’s recent EP, I was quietly hoping he’d churn out a remix. Thankfully, he chose her mega-hit “OctaHate” and threw in a lot of stuttering synth that made for a worthy companion to Weaver’s soaring vocals. Leading ladies Lana Del Rey and Christina Perri get dance-worthy updates from Monsier Adi and Bit Funk, respectively.
Favorite of the week was a last minute addition, but I knew as soon as I saw Alex Adair’s name attached to an Ed Sheeran song it would be an instant classic. Adair’s remix of Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love” is still in my weekly rotation and his take on “Thinking Out Loud” is equally as charming. The tropical house rhythms align perfectly with Sheeran’s passioned vocals and sped up guitar work.
Throwback of the week comes from RAC, arguably one of the main reasons why I started listening to remixes in the first place. Andre obviously has hits galore, but I sort of forgot Lady Gaga existed until I rediscovered RAC’s mix of “Just Dance”. Enjoy.
Stream individual tracks below and the entire Remix Friday playlist at Soundcloud.
Alesso – Heroes ft Tove Lo (AMTRAC remix)
Christina Perri – Burning Gold (Bit Funk remix)
Janet Jackson – Someone To Call My Lover (Justin Faust remix)
Twista – Overnight Celebrity (Milk N Cookies remix)
Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me (Eau Claire Remix)
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (Alex Adair remix)
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate (Cashmere Cat remix)
Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby (Monsieur Adi Remix)
THROWBACK REMIX: Lady Gaga – Just Dance ft Akon (RAC Mix)