We’re down to the final 14 remixes of 2014! The Knocks’ remix of HAIM’s “If I Could Change Your Mind” can claim longest reign on my weekend playlists with a March release (and still in rotation). WKND’s excellent reworking of Chet Faker’s cover (remix of a cover, got it?) was ideal beach party material. However, its Sep. release hindered that option for me, so expect to hear it a lot if you’re near water and me next summer.The same could be said for Fred Falke’s enlightening tropical riddims on “Drunk and Incapable”. Grant Nelson’s house-influenced take on Sam Smith thrived with Smith as dance vocalist and stutter keys and percussion.
The king of remixes, RAC (my title for him, not his), makes his final 2 appearances on this list, but both mixes show just how diverse his production was in 2014. The RAC mix of Tove Stryke’s “Even If I’m Loud…” was made for uninhibited dance sessions and his take of Porter Robinson’s “Sea Of Voices” was a space-age work of art. Justin Faust was a fall addiction that isn’t likely to stop soon and proved my point that Janet Jackson is the most remix-friendly artist of all time (also see WMNSTUDIES’ “That’s The Love Goes” and last year’s #1 remix “If” by Kaytranada).
8. Sam Smith-I’m Not The Only One (Grant Nelson remix)
9. Tove Stryke – Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You (RAC Mix)
10. Chet Faker-Lover Lover-(WKND remix)
11. Krishane-Drunk and Incapable ft Melissa Steel (Fred Falke remix)
12. HAIM – If I Could Change Your Mind (The Knocks remix)
13. Porter Robinson – Sea of Voices (RAC mix)
14. Janet Jackson – Someone To Be My Lover (Justin Faust Remix)