Bruno Mars has far exceeded pop star status following the success of his sophomore album. Becoming a jack-of-all-trades musician, he’s covered countless styles on his way towards airwave dominance. With a live performance alongside Sting on one end, Bruno has the electronic music fan base covered on the other; unleashing versions of “Locked Out Of Heaven” from the likes of Paul Oakenfold earlier this year to widespread acclaim.
Back to the Beatport circuit — and soon enough, its charts — the singer-songwriter is shaking up his latest single, “Treasure,” making the dance floor his next target after Top 40 radio success. For the single’s remix package, modern commercial R&B meets fun-loving electro with renditions from some of the genre’s brightest young stars. Cash Cash brings forth a funky shade of their increasingly popular sound, incorporating nu disco stylings into their insignia while Audien properly plays both sides of the fence, enhancing the melodic vocals and elevating the chords for a festival-sized sound. Rounding out the EP, Sharam explores a more beat-driven core for “Treasure,” Robert DeLong provides an indie spin, and Bailey Smalls tests the waters with high-pitch synth work.
In 2010, some DJ named Skrillex decided to take on the year’s biggest pop hit –Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are.” Fast-forward three years (and a half-dozen Grammys), and the EDM world and Bruno Mars are still madly in lust. The latest of the crooner’s tracks to be given the remix treatment is Unorthodox Jukebox’s “Treasure,” with chart-climbing Cash Cash and aural adventuring Audien putting their spins on the ditty. Cash Cash went all-in on the remix, elevating the funk with stutters, synth stabs and enough of the original’s silky vocal to satisfy the diehard fans. Audien opted to take things more low-key on his version, creating a whole new melodic backbone with an easy kick beat. Though no official release date has been announced for the updated tune, both remixes will be out soon on Atlantic Records.
Over the past few weeks we have previewed remixes of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” from the likes of R3hab, Paul Oakenfold, and Sultan + Ned Shepard. The chart-topper has officially been released in the form of its remix package, and while R3hab’s trap mix didn’t make the cut, versions from Oakenfold, Sultan and Ned, Cazzette, and The M Machine have hit Beatport today.
Taking the radio-dominating top 40 hit by storm, Oakenfold exchanges pop for acid house grit while Sultan and Ned supply the progression. Cazzette transforms “Locked Out Of Heaven” with their quirky electro “Answering Machine” edit and The M Machine throws dubstep in the mix to bring the package full circle. Courtesy of Atlantic Records, Bruno Mars’ monster now has dance remixes from every angle — check them out for yourself below the break.
Bruno Mars’s chart-topping “Locked Out Of Heaven” has recently gained attention away from the radio and into the nightclubs. R3hab last put a trap spin on the track while Paul Oakenfold has injected his own acid line, and next up on remix duties is Sultan and Ned Shepard. Sultan and Ned serve Bruno and his smash hit with a progressive mix, one that will fit well into bigger DJ sets. The Canadian duo’s remix of “Locked Out Of Heaven” is due to be released on January 21st, possibly packaged with its R3hab and Oakenfold renditions.
Last week Paul Oakenfold put an acid house line on Bruno Mars’ latest hit, and this week R3hab follows suit with a unique sound of his own. Claiming it as his ‘afterhour’ remix of “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Fadil’s latest remix goes without the heavy electro we’ve come to expect — and certainly without the chainsaw. With a maturing sound, as evident on “Skydrop,” R3hab makes an abrupt move to trap for an equally propelling effort. Without release information, we can assume R3hab’s take will be released with Oakenfold’s on January 15th.
With nearly three decades of production experience under his belt, Paul Oakenfold can be considered one of the most storied veterans of dance music. However, when Paul began his craft, he never would have imagined a remix as unlikely as his latest. Taking on Bruno Mars, Oakenfold makes the chart-topping “Locked Out Of Heaven” his own. Transforming the airwave-dominating song, he crosses pop with house, supplanting with a rapid-fire acid house line while keeping the commercial chorus in tact. Atlantic Records will release Paul Oakenfold’s remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” on January 15th.
No matter how cold it gets outside, Major Lazer, with their reggae-infused remixes, always manage to transport us back to the warmth of summer. On their latest remix, doo-wop crooner, Bruno Mars receives the Major Lazer treatment on his radio-friendly hit “Locked Out of Heaven.” Bruno’s silky smooth vocals are complimented by Major Lazer‘s trademark Caribbean vibe, framed by steel drums, horn sections, and a feel good, carefree aesthetic. The simple synthwork and a delicate stutter transform the original into a charming summer jam without too drastically transforming Bruno’s modern-day classic.
While many have grown annoyed by “Just The Way You Are” for its incredible amount of radio airplay, stellar vocals just cannot be contested. The chorus of this multi-platinum Bruno Mars hit has a conveniently uplifting characteristic, making the song an easy and popular target for EDM DJ’s.
Remixing “Just The Way You Are” is far from easy, however, as most of Bruno’s songs are notoriously difficult to rearrange due to their already highly melodic and recognizable character. It’s like singing and improvising your own version of a Sinatra song at the karaoke bar – unless you knock it out of the park with a stroke of genius, people are going to boo you off stage.
In this set of remixes (be sure to check out the Skrillex remix we posted earlier), you’ll notice Bruno’s vocals remained mostly unchanged, but it’s interesting to see where each DJ chose to land their drops. Some went with the pre-chorus, others with the chorus itself, while the daring few opted for the challenging post-chorus bridge. Each has its own effect, ultimately forming a nice bouquet of change-ups that do their best to enhance this already massive hit.
Bruno Mars – Just They Way You Are (Carl Louis & Martin Danielle Club Mix):
Bruno Mars – Just They Way You Are (Manufactured Superstars and Jquintal Remix):
Bruno Mars – Just They Way You Are (Simon Steur Club Mix):
♬ Today I don’t feel like doing anything *whistle*