There are thousands of popular artists out there today making new singles all the time. With the increase in bedroom producers, though, the ability to simply download a whole studio that you can use right on your lap has made original songs more scarce. Now it seems that you’re finding tens of thousands of remixes by artists with more and more ludicrous names, leaving you wondering, “Viking Sword Bro- what?” This weekly segment will bring you the popular remixes and the never heard of “Viking Sword Brothers” remixes of a (common) artist’s singles. From all these bedroom producers we are seeing one thing, and that is absolutely fantastic, manipulated, warped remixes.
Olle and Stephen are two of the most positive producers I’ve ever met. Their shows scream energy as they play their electro house bangers (always) over a packed crowd. It seemed only fitting that one day I would write an “Artist Remixed” on these two electro house legends. Below I’ve packed a full 25 songs of all the punch, kick, snares and bass you could ask for in a Artist Remixed. This week I’ve tried to expand on my genres of music so it ‘ever more’ matches your personal taste. While searching for remixes I found an obscene amount so instead of cutting down my enormous list I’ve decided to split this week into two segments so you don’t miss out on going ‘bananas’ from all the Dada Life that shall be racking your brain for the next little while. Enjoy.
What’s an Artist Remixed without starting off the whole list with bass, wobble and filth? Zoroaster‘s remix starts with a deep synth that comes from the original by Kaskade; this remix is actually a remix of Dada Life’s own remix of the original “Dynasty” (remix-ception). Instead of Dada Life’s spin with a heavy synth and a thumping, jaw-cracking beat; Zoroaster adds his own grimey bass. This remix packs a powerful punch with a deep bass that instantly rattles your brain. I wish something more was done with it but at the same time it still manages to shake you to the bone. Global Ravish‘s remix on the other hand is a more pause and break style that starts by turning the main melody from “Unleash the Fucking Dada” into a choppy soundscape until the drop where, per usual, Global Ravish adds a chaotic dubstep structure to their track. Enjoy.
ELECTRO THRASH REMIXES
This category is strict for the thrash and head bangers. For starters I have Dead CAT Bounce and Why Not‘s remix of “Happy Violence,” and if you’re at all familiar with electro thrash then you’re familiar with Dead CAT Bounce. This French duo has always been releasing massive electro bangers and their remix with Why Not simply highlights their talent. Alex Gopher‘s remix of “Happy Hands and Happy Feet” lacks the vibrant energy Dada Life brought with their original; instead it has a deeper, darker side with a heavy beat and a warped version of the vocals. Vodge Diper is usually a electro house fanatic but he made a heavy track with this head banger remix of “Happy Violence” that definitely has some high synths that give it that signature electro house but come the second drop, where you’re built up to climaxing ending, crashing down again with aggressive electro. Last but not least, F.O.O.L’s remix of “Fight Club is Closed.” The title says “F.O.O.L’s Chill Out Remix” and if you’re familiar with this Swedish native you’re probably as bewildered as I was, this remix is scarcely chill but taking into account F.O.O.L’s regular sounds it doesn’t compete. Still enough thrash to make it in this category though! Enjoy.
ELECTRO HOUSE REMIXES
Here’s your straight electro house that starts from high synths to complex electro widgets and anything in between. To start things off I’ve got Cazzette‘s energetic remix of Dada Life’s latest single “Rolling Stone T-Shirt.” This remix is packed with energy and intensity as it takes you from the poppy vocals of the original to Cazzette’s typical chaotic style of electro house. Zhu‘s remix of “Unleash the Fucking Dada” follows the same structure of Cazzette’s remix (without the vocals) using a smooth melody to build up to a energetic drop where Zhu works with the unique sounds playing with them throughout his remix. Katzenwaffe‘s remix was one of my favourite remixes on the whole list because of how he uses the vocals taking them through highs and lows and how he accents the main melody with a new and improved beat. Mark Mackenzie‘s remix though takes the price for best electro house remix with his glitch style that weaves its way through the original “Flight Club is Closed” making sure to leave your jaw open wide with smooth transitions, distorted kicks, funky electro fidget sounds. Enjoy.
PROGRESSIVE HOUSE REMIXES
This segment is for your heavy-hitting looped prog beats to your acid wash fade-aways and anything in between. For starters I have Kaskade remixing “Happy Violence,” which was actually featured on Dada Life’s “Happy Violence Remix EP.” This remix is nothing short of amazing, with a huge build and a progressive-style drop with an acid side. Special Features‘ remix is a smoother house remix that starts with a gentle melody building into the main vocals of “Happy Violence” with an energetic climax that comes cashing down on the drop. Enjoy.
Crowd Control‘s remix is straight moombah with a slower BPM, then the original and screeching synths that bounce back and forth. Rule of Eight‘s remix though is more electro-fused then straight moombah but has a energetic structure that hops around with the sounds from “Happy Violence.” Enjoy.
Swanky Tunes‘ remix starts off the Dutch house remix section with an aggressive and powerful remix of “Happy Violence”. Swanky Tunes does everything right in this remix from a perfect kick-snare pattern to a high synth that breaks the original vocals. Chuckie‘s remix packs a powerful punch with his own usual style that’s an edgier, aggressive style of house that fits perfectly into Dutch house with high synths stabbing at the main beat line. Arguably one of my favourite remixes on this list coming close to my overall favourite, PeaceTreaty‘s remix of “White Noise/Red Meat” was one of the first remixes I’d ever heard of Dada Life. From the start a new beat sets your ears in the perfect direction, keeping the original and amazing melody PeaceTreaty uses it to their advantage as they then come crashing down with a deep acid bass. Enjoy.
TECH HOUSE REMIXES
With progressive house this week I have two of the biggest names in the scene right now. Tiesto‘s remix is a slow mix that gradually works its way through high peeks and fidgets. Avicii‘s remix is also a slower remix that doesn’t have Avicii’s typical big room ‘epic’ melodic build; on the contrary, the whole song is rather gradual in its build as it softly takes you up and sets you right back down through, lacking a main progressive sound, it has a more acid sounding synth. Enjoy.
From Devjit‘s mix of Chuckie and Dada Life into a Dutch house collaboration, to Joey Beatz mix of Justice and Dada Life that mashes up the two vocals together with perfect harmony and precision and uses the electro carelessly, all the way to Lee Wells mixture of Alesso’s “Pressure” and “Happy Violence” that takes the catchy melody and Dada Life’s electro and combines the two into a massive collab, not to mention Compson Sounds massive mix of Feed Me, Dada Life and Amanda Blank, you’re sure to be enjoying yourself (and yes, that was a run on sentence). Enjoy.
I know you’re probably sick of all these Happy Violence remixes but Throttle‘s remix takes the original in a whole new direction, it has a smooth rhythmic breakdown halfway through with a nice saxophone that plays over the original melody and adds a gentle new beat. Enjoy.
OVERALL FAVOURITE REMIX
After that huge compiled list what could come as my overall favourite? Caveat is what could come. Caveat’s remix starts off slow, building up its tempo to the drop where it comes crashing down with an amazing electro house wobble sound where it bounces back and forth between the original song, electro fidget, and a handful of grimey bass. Enjoy.
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