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2015 Wrap-Up: Top 60 Remixes of 2015

Top Remixes album coverWhile I was blasting this collection of remixes during my travels to Costa Rica, I just missed my self-imposed deadline of 12/24 to get this list done (I’m sure you understand). I am glad I waited though because the trip made me wonder how you all consume the tunes I send your way. I currently subscribe to Spotify and Apple Music (a story for another day), but still largely find music via Hype Machine, Soundcloud and my favorite websites. So if you have a moment, please fill out this brief survey so I can determine which ways to continue to deliver you new music (on a hopefully more regular basis). The semi-monthly mixtapes (for download and stream) will still be my avenue of choice for the foreseeable future, but if Spotify is your thing, subscribe to my 2016 JayeL Audio FM playlist for more current updates.

On with the feature presentation. Now that I’m back in chilly Michigan, I am finally ready to close out 2015 with my favorite 60 remixes of last year. I don’t think anyone has time to read an overview of all 60 tracks, but there were a plethora of strong entries from old favorites (The Knocks, Louis Futon, Pomo, wait what) and newcomers (Jerry Folk, Mozambo, Pegato) alike. The Hood Internet made the most appearances this year with 4 (!) and the Chi-town mash-up maestros had quite possibly their strongest year to date (IMO). If you haven’t already listen to the non-stop party that is Mixtape Number Nine, I highly suggest you do so now. In the end, Bee’s Knees (#27 & #41 on 2014’s list) claimed the top remix of 2015 crown with their percolating take on Scavenger Hunt’s “Wildfire”.

1. Scavenger Hunt-Wildfire (Bee’s Knees Remix)
The slow, bubbling introduction rises into a euphoric mix of head-nodding synth and rhythm that had me hitting repeat all year.

2. Dolly Parton-Jolene (Todd Terje Remix)
Released in late, late 2014 and found by me in early 2015, Todd Terje pulled off a near impossible feat: turn Dolly Parton into a dancefloor queen. The shadowy rhythms and circulating guitar strings gave even more urgency to the striking narrative by Ms. Parton. Nearly #1.

3. Grades-Kings (Basic Tape Remix)
There is a reason I heard Basic Tape’s take on Grades’ “King” on multiple DJ/producer’s mixtapes: the hook and spiraling kings are nearly inescapable, without being annoying.

4. Carly Rae Jepsen-All That (The Knocks Remix)

Carly Rae Jepsen did an excellent job of transforming herself from pop one-hit wonder to disco pop starlet, but The Knocks did an even better job of making “All That” that much more addictive.

5. Big Data-The Business of Emotion (Lefti Remix)
Viceroy had an ideal, summertime rework of Big Data’s “The Business of Emotion”, but producer Lefti was more party-ready (IMO). The thumping bass and Daft Punk-style groove was consistently on my weekend party playlists.

JayeL Audio’s Top Remixes of 2015: Disc One
– STREAM (Soundcloud, 8tracks)
1. Scavenger Hunt-Wildfire (Bee’s Knees Remix)
2. Dolly Parton-Jolene (Todd Terje Remix)
3. Grades-Kings (Basic Tape Remix)
4. Carly Rae Jepsen-All That (The Knocks Remix)
5. Big Data-The Business of Emotion (Lefti Remix)
6. Alesso-Cool ft Roy English (Autograf Remix)
7. The Hood Internet-Being Rosa (OutKast x Madeon)
8. Oh Wonder-Lose It (Jerry Folk Remix)
9. G-Eazy-Lets Get Lost ft Devon Baldwin (Louis Futon Remix)
10. ZHU-Faded 2.0 (DJ Snake & DJ Mustard Remix)
11. Stardust-Music Sounds Better With You (Mozambo Remix)
12. Years & Years-Desire (Gryffin Remix)
13. Cheerleader-Sunshine Of Your Youth (Plastic Plates Remix)
14. Eric Prydz-Opus (Four Tet Remix)
15. Years & Years-Kings (TCTS Remix)
16. Tove Lo-Talking Body (The Young Professionals Remix)
17. Selah Sue-Together ft Childish Gambino (Marlin Remix)
18. Jessie Ware-Champagne Kisses (TCTS Remix)
19. The Hood Internet-I Don’t F*** With Classics (Big Sean x The Knocks)
20. George Maple-Talk Talk (Moon Boots Remix)
21. Janet Jackson-Pleasure Principle (Classixx Recovery Remix)
22. We Are Legends-In Too Deep (Arthur Younger Remix)
23. Life Of Dillon-Overload (Pierce Fulton Remix)
24. Tori Kelly-Should’ve Been Us (Lost Kings Remix)
25. The Chainsmokers-Let You Go ft Great Good Fine Ok (A-Trak Remix)
26. Blonde-All Cried Out ft Alex Newell (99 Souls Remix)
27. Calvin Harris & Disciples-How Deep Is Your Love (Chris Lake Remix)
28. Sofi Tukker-Drinkee (Addal Remix)
29. Major Lazer-Get Free (Paige Remix)
30. The Hood Internet-Some Poppas (The Notorious B.I.G. x Flume x Miike Snow)
31. Rihanna-Four Five Seconds (DJ Mustard Remix)

JayeL Audio’s Top Remixes of 2015: Disc Two – STREAM (Soundcloud, 8tracks)
32. Hayden James-Something About You (ODESZA Remix)
33. The Hood Internet-Classic Lean (Jidenna x Kendrick Lamar x Major Lazer x M0)
34. Saint Motel-Cold Cold Man (Lost Kings Remix)
35. Alesso-Heroes ft Tove Lo (Basic Tape Remix)
36. Skylar Spence-Can’t You See (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
37. Sonnengruss-Day & Night ft Matt Kovac (Deep Chills Remix)
38. Calvin Harris-Pray To God ft HAIM (Mike Pickering vs. Calvin Harris Remix)
39. Xylo-Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Matt DiMona Remix)
40. Passion Pit-Sleepyhead (Cerulean City Remix)
41. Calvin Harris-Outside ft Ellie Goulding (Funk Leblanc Remix)
42. Saint Motel-My Type (Eau Claire Remix)
43. Ed Sheeran-Coco (Hitimpulse Remix)
44. AlunaGeorge-Supernatural (Pomo Remix)
45. Tom & Hills-Lighters ft Troi (Tontario Remix)
46. Kiiara-Gold (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
47. Miss Velvet-Cincinnati Street (Pnau Remix)
48. Clean Bandit-Real Love ft Jess Glynne (The Chainsmokers Remix)
49. Tracy Chapman-Talkin’ Bout A Revolution (Bobby Brush x Deep Chills Remix)
50. Saint Raymond-Young Blood (RAC Mix)
51. Major Lazer & DJ Snake-Lean On ft M0 (Tiesto and MOTi Remix)
52. Post Malone-White Iverson (The Knocks Bootleg)
53. Echosmith-Bright (Bobby Brush Remix)
54. Montell Jordan-Get It On Tonight (Adam Foster Remix)
55. Chicos-Hooked (Lefti Remix)
56. That’s Nice-Holiday ft Josh Moriarty (Keljet Remix)
57. wait what-Secret Sad Machine (Childish Gambino x Porter Robinson)
58. Astrid-2AM (Matoma Remix)
59. Shawn Mendes-Stitches (3LAU Remix)
60. Big Sean-One Man Can Change The World (Pegato Remix)