No surprise, but Kaytranada’s huge year with originals album 99.9%, also included quality remixes. The Montreal producer’s excellent takes on Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better” and Solange’s “Cranes In The Sky” were in heavy rotation, but Kay’s reinterpretation of a Janet Jackson track was once again my most played of the year. The Kaytranada flip of “Alright” balanced nostalgic energy with infectious tempo and a sample of Burnier E Cartier’s “Mirandolina”. Aside from numerous weekend listens, the track also ended up as my morning alarm clock for the majority of the year. Stream the top 10 below and the entire top 70 playlist here.
10. Alessia Cera x G-Eazy – Wild Things (Young Bombs Remix)
The Young Bombs made my top 70 twice with songs that have “wild” in the title. Their remix of the Alessia Cara/G-Eazy pairing made excellent use of the chanting chorus and brought the track to even higher anthemic heights.
9. Maggie Rogers – Alaska (SAXITY Remix)
SAXITY’s deep house rendition of “Alaska” turned Maggie Rogers’ gorgeous vocals from a folk vocalist to a dancefloor dream.
8. Childish Gambino – Sober (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Oliver Nelson’s rework of “Sober” had tropical vibes that injected new life into one of Gambino’s best from the Kauai EP.
7. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself (Vanic Remix)
Bieber seemed to be everywhere in 2016, but Vanic’s remix surpassed most of his original tracks. A bit of trap that nearly teeters on the fringe of chaos sounds particularly good on high volume.
6. Rihanna – Work ft Drake (Lost Kings Remix)
Lost Kings do what they do best on what has to be their biggest official remix yet. I loved that they played with the tempo enough to nearly make the track their own.
5. The Chainsmokers – Closer ft Halsey (Viceroy Remix)
I was so addicted to the original that I avoided nearly all remixes of “Closer”, but I had to listen to Viceroy’s take. The throwback sound that is reminiscent of ’90’s hit “It Takes Two” eventually made my plays of this remix eclipse the original.
4. Jack Garratt – Surprise Yourself (Gryffin x Manila Killa Remix)
Just a perfect trio on all fronts. Gryffin and Manila Killa elevated Jack Garratt’s already heavenly vocals with bursts of synth and percussion.
3. Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Disco Edit)
There was not a lot of disco that caught my ear this year, but DJ Koze’s rework of “Operator” would get people on the dancefloor today and in disco’s heyday.
2. Starley – Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Probably my favorite remix find from Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist in 2016. Ryan Riback’s stuttering synth was a worthy update to Starley’s pop gem.
1. Janet Jackson – Alright (Kaytranada Flip)