There are thousands of popular artists out there today, creating 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.
Coming back from a summer filled with festivals, drugs, thugs and girls — Artist Remixed is in full swing to bring you your favourite artists and the endless bounty of remixes out there. This week Earmilk features Wolfgang Gartner with his electrifying synths, dangerous beats and insinuating dance tracks. If you happen to live in a city that Wolfgang and his Love & War Tour are stopped in, make sure to check him out alongside rising stars Pierce Fulton and Popeska.
- Saturday October 13 @ Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
- Tuesday October 16 @ Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
- Thursday October 18 @ The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
- Friday October 19 @ Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
- Saturday October 20 @ Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
- Sunday October 21 @ XS The Nightclub at Encore – Las Vegas, NV
- Monday October 22 @ Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
- Tuesday October 23 @ Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
- Wednesday October 24 @ McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
- Thursday October 25 @ Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
- Friday October 26 @ Congress Theatre – Chicago, IL
- Saturday October 27 @ The Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
- Tuesday October 30 @ The Graduate – San Luis Obispo, CA
- Wednesday October 31 @ The Graduate – San Luis Obispo, CA
- Saturday November 3 @ Loyola University – Baltimore, MD
- Friday November 9 @ Terminal 5 – New York, NY
- Saturday November 10 @ Hollywood Palladium – Los Angelas, CA
To begin this post as I have done once or twice before I will open up with a massive mix of several tracks by Wolfgang. This mashup was made by Madeon when he first started producing music as a homage to one of the fathers of electro house.
DRUM AND BASS REMIXES
This week we should start off with the heavier side and what seems more heavy and fast paced then drum and bass? To lead the way into the massive list you have below you Earmilk gives you Loadstar’s remix of “Illmerica”. This remix not only jacks the bpm on the original to sky rocketing levels but takes the classic tune and adds a smooth spin.
This week’s dubstep section is packed full of bass and filth to satisfy your cravings as you wait for the next weekly dose of Wobble Wednesdays. Starting off we have Bassex’s remix of “The Champ” which messes with the original sounds throwing them together in a aggressive jumble of sound. Dotcom’s remix on the other hand follows a more routine structure as this Philie native pumps “Redline” with a juicy dose of bass. K Theory’s remix of “Illmerica” is a slower side to the world of dub with a smooth intro that flows into a heavy spin on the catchy tune. Paraxe’s remix of “Fire Power” was easily one of my favourite remixes in this section since he found a way to mix electro thrash with a heavy bass.
Feature Cuts is no new name to the dubstep scene and it was no surprise that his remix showcased his amazing talent with a complex rework of “There and Back”. Joneses remix was added fairly last minute to my list but I’m happy to show off his filthy take on “We Own the Night” which takes the melody and weaves it through an array of grime. But my overall favourite dubstep remix for this week is PrototypeRaptor’s remix of “Push and Rise”. This remix nails every spot as it takes you from the mesmerizing tune and smashes a huge change on the track. PrototypeRaptor manages to keep Wolfgang’s own unique electro sound yet mixes it with his own.
GLITCH HOP REMIXES
For this section I tried to keep it to glitchy remixes that were a mix of electro and sporadic sounds. Frederik Mooij’s remix of “Spacejunk” is certainly a remix for the books; it keeps the classic feel yet adds a whole new melody that works so well with the original. Count Effectz remix is a perfect example of your typical glitchy remix with sounds coming at you from all over. With such spontaneous sounds you find yourself perplexed with how you can’t stop moving. CLKCLKBNG’s remix is heavy and yet still groovy, if you find yourself longing for that Justice sound; this remix is right for you.
So this genre has been called the next dubstep and others say it’s going no where. Regardless of which end on the spectrum I felt as if I should include a couple of remixes. The first is of Wolfgang’s recent single, “Flexx”. Drankenstein takes the electro house anthem and slows down the beat adding a new bass line. SimpLoFi on the other hand takes “Space Junk” and keeping the original pace turns it into a certified trap single that has enough 808 claps and high kicks to keep you satisfied.
ELECTRO HOUSE REMIXES
Dead CAT Bounce always seems to find a spot in my electro selection. Whether it be their huge library of tracks or their talent at making a electro thrashing banger, they will always have a place in my heart. Venom’s remix has an amazing intro that really caught my attention when I first heard it, Venom uses an array of sounds to build into a climatic drop. Trampboat’s remix is a massive mix of synths colliding with Wolfgang’s own specific sound.
DUTCH HOUSE REMIXES
Bringing in the hardest and roughest this section is all about that straight dutch house. To start us off I have two tracks by the duo No Body which deliever extremely hard. The first is a remix of the single, “There and Back”. It comes in kicking and leaves with a bang as it smashes back and forth with a groovy beat. Their remix on the other hand takes the classic “Redline” and transforms it into a fidgety house track that slams and kicks in all the right spots. Deficio’s remix comes in aggresively and leaves with a bang as this Swedish native makes impressive work of “Redline”.
PROGRESSIVE HOUSE REMIXES
Kiely Rich’s remix is a smooth blend from electro house to a prog anthem. Taking the original track “Redline”, which was already a house tune, Kiely Rich adds a completely new layout with aggressive synths and a prog structure. This is the first of two amazing tracks by OVERWERK that I have featured, it’s energetic, exciting and most of all house infused. The intro takes you into a classic OVERWERK feel with disco synths and a complex structure yet hits hard with a perfect balance of build and slamming.
CHILL OUT REMIXES
Chris Hursts remix is easily one of my favourite remixes on here and tied for first. Chris Hurst transforms the electro house single “The Way it Was”. With a groovy new melody that takes your breath right away, you are left having to press reply as you wonder how someone has made such a beautiful change from one song to a completely new remix. Enjoy.
The mashups up are not small and certainly Earmilk approved. Henry Fong’s mashup was easily one of my favourites on the list as he flawlessly works “Pressure” into the electro single “There and Back”. The two tracks combined can only result in a huge progressive house collision. Deeley veers away from the progressive house side and takes Skrillex’s “Equinox” combining it with ” The Champ”. The result is a filthy fusion of dubstep mixed with electro snares and synths. The next 2 tracks are by No Body, it seems this duo can’t get enough of the Wolfgang sound. The first “Bounce” keeps the original melody from “Bounce” and combines it with a dutch house sound. Last but not least we have Flikhau5’s massive mix of “The Way it Was” with Bob Marley’s “Sun is Shining”. Who knew that the intro melody to Wolfgang’s track could flow so easily with the lyrics from the “Sun is Shining”.
OVERALL FAVOURITE REMIX
Now after all the remixes heard above my top favourite would still have to be OVERWERK’s remix of “Spacejunk”. I had the pleasure of seeing this track live shortly after it was released and I feel like that’s what makes so much of a bias in me. This track live was a completely new experience for me with electronic music. I highly suggest seeing OVERWERK if he ever comes in your town because his talent at the decks is a quite a sight (or sound?).
But back to the actual remix, it’s a progressive masterpiece yet hits hard when it needs to. The intro works up on you so smoothly as layer upon layer creates a beautiful build. Before you know it you’re hit with the drop where he catches you’re breath keeping you stuck on the 8th note and then comes crashing down. Amazing work Ed, enjoy.
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