With a plethora of remixes and a full length LP added to her already illustrious résumé in 2013, Maya Jane Coles has added another world class production to her stellar year. Much like she did on Tiga and Audion’s “Let’s Go Dancing,” Rudimental’s “Free,” and Alex Jones and My Favorite Robot’s “Wholegrain,” Maya Jane Coles lends her deep house touch to Bonobo’s “First Fires.” Placing a snare heavy groove under Grey Reverend’s vocals, the remix never loses steam and is another masterful production from one of dance music’s most unique talents.
Los Angeles’ Bixel Boys have become connoisseurs of transforming hit hip-hop and R&B influenced songs by infusing indie wave spins. Tickling fancies of listeners with a special spot in their hearts for the late 90′s, the duo takes on TLC’s classic, “Waterfalls.” In effort to stay true to the sultry vibe of the original track, the Bixel Boys have added a jazz-inspired melody highlighted by subtle jumping snare kicks and a bumping bass line to the remix.
In the midst of his “Intense” world tour and shortly after releasing a plethora of remixes from his latest studio album, Armin van Buuren returns to the practice of the remix. Much like his version of Mark Knight, D. Ramirez, and Underworld’s “Downpipe” the trance titan and former number one DJ in the world infuses Kat Krazy’s “Siren” with his trademark melodies and bassline. The outcome is a vocal-laden trance production that showcases Armin’s remixing capabilities and it will continue to be a highlight of the upcoming dates on his “Intense” world tour.
Harley Streten, or more commonly known as Flume, is setting the standard for indie electronic. His latest self-titled album has been transformed time and time again by producers eager to take his signature sound to new levels, and France’s 123mrk has done just that. The fellow indie wave/future garage producer brings an official remix for “Holdin On” in which he strips the Flume sound to a bass pop melody and sample of the original’s vocals and beats. The funky rework dances between a playful deep bass rendition and indie minimalist chillwave transformation. Released on the deluxe edition of Flume, the rework is available now.
Los Angeles based twin-turbo trap tag team, gLAdiator, has been making big waves all year with their hard, gritty, heavily hip-hop influenced sound. The two producers have asserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with at the intersection of bass music and hip-hop by remixing the likes of Jay Z and TLC, while also showcasing major talent with bass-gushing original work as well. The duo’s latest tune comes by way of their remix of “The Pit” by Michael Woods.
The original is a pulsing progressive house tune, perfect for a packed dance floor. gLAdiator then takes the original and makes it their own, fusing the build with heavy kicks, followed by a drop riddled with metalic industrial synths and a couple of quick samples. Replacing Michael Wood’s bumping sirens and thumping electro break down with their dark, minimal trap treatment, gLAdiator’s jaw grinding remix certainly reflects these producers’ promising talents.
Debuted by Danny Howard over the weekend on BBC Radio 1, the UK’s Kryder previews his take on Nicky Romero and Krewella’s “Legacy.” Although the official remix package came and went and provided four unique versions of the original, Kryder’s remix adds a whole new level of peak time sensibilities. The lyrics remain intact and are positioned over a fully revamped synth progression, which is bolstered by a unique climax that showcases Kryder’s production prowess. “Legacy” dominated the summer festival season and with continued remix efforts it seems like the collaboration’s momentum won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Release date: TBA
Martin Garrix’s “Animals” has certainly left its mark on dance music. Aside from making the young Dutch producer the youngest to ever reach the top of Beatport, it proceed to propel the 17 year old to superstar status. While it’s received a number of unofficial remixes from producers looking to turn the track into something all their own, the first official remix comes from Garrix himself and trap icon Victor Niglio. The official remix has already received a massive amount of support, most notably from Zedd, who has played the remix at most of his performances over the past few months during his massive Moment of Clarity tour. As the title suggests, the two producers turn “Animals” into a trap masterpiece that breathes new life into one of the year’s most popular songs.
Release date: TBA
At just 21 years old, Pierce Fulton has more achievements to flaunt than your average co-ed. In addition to his most recent remix of Martin Solveig & The Cataracs’ “Hey Now,” the New Englander has bestowed his electro house flare on Tritonal’s latest endeavor, “Now Or Never.” Whereas the original leans toward whimsical, the young producer’s take is on the more aggressive side, playing with denser basslines. While the emotional integrity of Phoebe Ryan’s vocals remain, Fulton’s transforms the already big room track into something even more forceful with effervescent chords that literally pierce ears. The latest remix from the rework wizard will be released on November 18th on Enhanced Recordings via Beatport.
When “Tsunami” was first previewed on Doorn Records’ YouTube channel without any artists listed, speculation immediately began as to who was behind the colossal production. After Pete Tong revealed that Canadian duo DVBBS and Los Angeles’ Borgeous had created “Tsunami,” the track powered straight to the top of Beatport and earned both artists their first Beatport #1. While it’s been played by just about everyone around the globe, Spinnin‘ Records has just revealed Dutch duo Blasterjaxx’s seismic refix. Amplifying the production in just about every way, one of the year’s most popular tracks has been revamped and will continue its run across global club land during the colder months.
Release date: December 23rd
More than one month after previewing his rendition of Armin van Buuren’s “Pulsar,” Ummet Ozcan once again showcases his remixing pedigree with a preview of his take on Sander van Doorn’s “Neon.” Sander’s familiar chords and whistles remain largely intact, but the melodic climax present in the original is replaced by Ummet’s patented big room assault. With ‘Revolution‘ alongside Nervo and R3hab due out November 11th, his version of “Pulsar” out November 15th, and this pending remix to one of the summer’s biggest tracks, Ummet Ozcan is closing out 2013 in style.
Release date: TBA