NME's 50 best remixes ever
Best ever remixes - what are yours?
NME's best ever remixes as a Spotify playlist
We asked 2manyDJs' David Dewaele - who knows a thing or two about this sort of thing - to share his wisdom on the art of the remix
Our criteria to make a good remix is if the song is already good, but if it needs a few extra elements to work on a dancefloor. I usually prefer the original songs, though. It’s very rare that I prefer the remix. In general, I don’t really love remixes very much.
1. Metronomy – ‘The Bay’ (Erol Alkan Remix)
It’s my favourite remix of this year. I think it’s brilliant. He took a track that was already great, but it wasn’t necessarily something that you could play in a club and would work, and he made something without turning it into something completely different. He just took the song and made the song exponentially better by making it work in a dancefloor environment.
There are a lot of remixes that are just taken a capella, and then producers put their sound onto it, whereas what shows real genius is if you make the song better by using the original elements, which is originally what remixes were all about.
2. Thomas Andersson – ‘Washing Up’ (Tiga Remix)
It’s especially painful because we turn down 90% of all remixes. Probably more like 99%. And usually, it’s because we think the original is already really good. This is one of those cases. We got sent a track and we were playing the track out and went, ‘Wow, this is already great. How could you ever make this any better?’ And then Tiga, sneaky as he is, went and made this incredible version of it, and it’s probably the only time I’ve felt like an idiot for not taking on a remix.
3. Chromeo - 'Destination Overdrive' (DFA Remix)
I like the instrumental of it. Even though I like Chromeo, it just didn’t work really well with the vocal and the instrumental.
4. Eric B. & Rakim – ‘I Know You Got Soul’ (Fatboy Slim Remix)
I think it’s one of the coolest remixes ever done. I think it was before he was Fatboy Slim – he was still Norman Cook. It’s genius, it’s great. He uses all these weird samples, and there’s a bit of John Cougar Mellencamp in it.
5. Felix Da Housecat – ‘Silver Screen (Shower Scene)’ (Thin White Duke Remix)
It was phenomenal. It was an opus, it was incredible. He just took our little world of electro to the next level. It was symphonic, it was hard, it was electronic, it was crazy. It was way more effort than anyone ever put into any remix – he raised the bar.
Kylie Minogue – ‘Slow’ (Chemical Brothers Remix)
They don’t do many remixes, but this one was cool.