These are my top 10 favourite remixes of 2012. They may have not been created in this year, but it’s when they were added to my library!
Runner Up – Paddling Out (Wolfgang Gartner Remix) – Miike Snow
Well we’ll start with Miike Snow Paddling Out since I just figured out what this song was after hearing it several times. I though it’s definitely worth a mention since it was featured in an episode of Suits which gives anything massive brownie points.
10. Mo Cities Mo Problems (Carlos Serrano Mix) – Diddy, Mase & Biggie
Diddy, Mase and Biggie were massive during my childhood. I remember when R & B was the in thing and P Diddy was having the time of his life. This mix brought back memories of them nostalgic times while still keeping it fresh the likes of M83. Plus there’s no harm with listening to a little bit of Notorious B.I.G.
9. Lolita (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) – The Veronicas
The best part of this track is the awesome build up combined with the lyrics, and then the drop. Anyone who listens to it gets hyped in the build up and then can’t help reacting goes bang! Mix it with the fast paced lyrics that equally join in the fun with the music, and you have an awesome dancing track.
8.To A Friend (Adventure Club Remix) – Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire was a Canadian rock band who mixed soaring vocals with screaming lyrics and amazing guitar solos. I snapped up the track the second I seen a remix of one of their tracks was available, mixing my then new found curiosity for dubstep and my love for rock. This track never failed to deliver, the harmonic singing over a track like this was something I would never have imagined, which is why it stood out.
7. Take A Firefly (No Pets Allowed Remix) – Childish Gambino vs Passion Pit
I was surprised to find out that Troy from Community was Childish Gambino. So many TV stars are in bands, its like they’re getting the best of both worlds. No Pets Allowed have taken Donald Glovers rapping skills and placed them into indie band Passion Pits Take a Walk, another top song. Its something I would never expect but works extremely well. Donald’s smart and catchy lyrics amalgamate into something that is awesome!
6. Diamonds From Far Away (Carlos Serrano Mix) – Kanye West vs Washed Out
Give Carlos Serrano any rap song, and he can come up with a great mash-up that would make it sound like the real release. Diamonds From Sierra Leone retains the catchy bells which is what people will most likely remember, but it many wont notice if it’s the original or a different track, it’s that good.
5. Under Your Spell (Pick Your Poison Mix) – Desire
Drive was possibly one of the most popular films of 2011, winning many awards and nominations. It had a killer soundtrack featuring Kavinsky, College, The Chromatics and Desire, all of whom were also boosted in to the spotlight. For me Under Your Spell was a raw track that sounded analogue in form with no enhancement. Its 80s sound style catered to my college years of listening to classics like Buggles, NOFX, Flock of Seagulls. Pick Your Poison maintained that classic retro electro feel but brought it up to the new age.
4.Use Somebody (RAC Mix) – Kings of Leon
RAC have taken some of my favourite bands such as The Temper Trap, Bloc Party, and even Lana Del Rey, but they outdid themselves with this one. The more up-tempo beat takes the already well known track and changes it completely. Where as the original version is something you can relax to, this alternate take is something you can party to.
3. Youth (Love Thy Brother Remix) – Daughter
I have no idea who Daughter, what their music sounds like or where they have ever played. This mix though is worthy of me never having to know that, since it is absolutely chilled out while carrying seriously harmonic words. It’s one of those songs that anyone can chill to.
2. Blue Jeans ft. Azealia Banks (Smims&Belle Extended Remix) – Lana Del Rey
Take Lana Del Rey’s awesome vocals, add in Azealia Banks feisty attitude, and then finish off with Smims and Belle chopping up a dance track that would be worthy of any of the worlds biggest rave fests. The build up is amazing and never lets up throughout the entire track leaving you a beat that is easy to jump to.
1. Blue Jeans (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) – Lana Del Rey
The year has been full of Lana Del Rey remixes since she hit the scene. PatrickReza created one of the best, which is why it’s ranked number 1. Lana’s sombre lyrics are infused with an awesome dubstep track that gives an amazing balance. The vocals aren’t shadowed out, while the music is catchy enough to still keep up. This is the reason why the song has been on repeat, and featured in several of the playlists I’ve created throughout the year on iTunes. It now happily sits near the top in my all time top played tracks.
Well that’s the end of this year, lets hope next year is just as good!