The 17 best remixes of 2017

Needs more cowbell

2017 has been a great year for killer new tracks, which can mean only one thing: sick remixes of said killer new tracks. Behold! 17 stone-cold bangers to usher in a very vibey 2018.

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The 17 best remixes of 2017

2017 has been a great year for killer new tracks, which can mean only one thing: sick remixes of said killer new tracks. Behold! 17 stone-cold bangers to usher in a very vibey 2018.

Lorde, ‘Green Light’ – Chromeo remix

Lorde

Lorde

Let’s kickstart this list correct. ‘Green Light’ was quite literally the best song of the year that was 2017, so Chromeo had a right job on with this one. The duo turned the housey pop banger into an ‘80s-influenced lounge-funk number and, somehow, almost improved on perfection.

Katy Perry, ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ – Hot Chip remix

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

 It was already vibey as fuck, but the dance collective dialed down the bombast and focused on the intricacies of Katy’s paean to grooving. They chopped up the vocals, threw in some shiny keys and eked out that slinky bassline further still. Dig out your dancing shoes, it party time with Katy and the lads from London.

Bonzai, ‘I Feel Alright’ – Mura Masa remix

Guernsey DJ Mura Masa produced the weird pop belter from new Irish-born R&B star Bonzai, so this is a kind-of director’s cut version, replete with undulating sci-fi sound effects and stuttering bleeps and bloops. Absolute bloopin’ bliss.

Future, ‘Mask Off’ – Kendrick remix

Kendrick Lamar

Good guy Kendrick

 In commercial terms, ‘Mask Off’ was one of Future’s biggest tracks, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in America. The only sure-fire way to make it even bigger: rope in Kendrick Lamar, arguably the greatest rapper of his generation.

Gorillaz, ‘Andromeda’ – Purple Disco Machine remix

With the original taken from the cartoon band’s fifth album Humanz, this remix introduces pounding house piano and stomping, clap-along percussion. A tinkle of cowbells begins to percolate in the background before the bassline really kicks and it goes off, somewhere between Frankie Knuckles and DJ Ötsi.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, ‘Deadly Valentine’ – Soulwax remix

The subtle electro influences of the singer-songwriter’s epic alt-pop track are brought to the fore here, the percussion imbued with some real snap, crackle and pop. It chugs along with quiet menace until the ‘80s synths cut the tension around the six-minute mark and we return to the tight groove of the intro.

Kali Uchis, ‘Tyrant’ – Daniel Caesar remix

The young Columbian star enlisted buzzy London neo-soul singer Jorja Smith on the original version of this buoyant R&B track, yet mixed it up with Canadian musician Daniel Caesar second time around, his freewheeling delivery a delicious contrast to Kali’s smooth falsetto croon.

Dua Lipa, ‘New Rules’ – Initial Talk remix

If you thought the tropical house sound was in danger of becoming outdated, Tokyo-based produced Initial Talk has turned the clock back entirely on this Dua Lipa track, giving it an overblown ‘80s makeover. Yeah, it’s kind of a gag – the muffled, rat-a-tat drums offer heady nostalgia – but this remix is actually amazing in its own right. Lots of ‘80s stuff on this list. Is Stranger Things to blame?

Projections, ‘Distorsions’ – Yuksek remix

 The French psychedelic synth and bass track here becomes a dubby, throbbing dance banger with shakers, tribal drums and bird-like sound effects that make you feel like you’re in a rainforest somewhere. You’re not: you’re in a dingy basement club in Paris, and that is even more exciting.

Corbyn techno at Glastonbury

Allow us to interrupt this very important with a public service announcement. Jeremy Corbyn had a massive Glastonbury 2017, appearing on the Pyramid Stage to deliver a rousing speech in which he promised “another world is possible.” Then, around 4am, a heroic DJ weaved quotes from an older Corbyn speech into a booming techno set. Will Theresa May drop the sickest UK rap mixtape of 2018? Nah!

Justin Bieber, ‘Despacito’ ft. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee

Justin Bieber BloodPop

 The original version, written and performed by Puerto Rico’s Luis Fonsi and rapper Yankee Daddy, became the most streamed track in the world, clocking up a whopping 4.6 billion streams. It knocked Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’, which could boast just a paltry 4.38 billion, off the top spot. Bieber concluded that If you can’t beat them, join them, and hopped on this remix. With canny business smarts like that, he’ll go far.

Justin Bieber and BloodPop, ‘Friends’ – Julia Michaels remix

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

 My, how the tables have turned. This time it was Justin’s turn to invite another vocalist onto his hit track, a collaboration with wunderkind producer Bloodpop. Come forward, American singer Julia Michaels, for this brooding slice of electropop that is not afraid of a millennial whoop or two.

Yaeji, ‘New York 93’ – Baba Stiltz remix

Yaeji

New York vocalist Yaeji handed this minimalist house number over to Swedish producer Baba Stiltz, who strips the track down further still to an insistent bass beat, before he slides in elliptical vocals and subtle drum fills. Just when you thought Yaeji couldn’t get any more chic.

Charli XCX, ‘Boys’ – DROELOE remix

Charli XCX

Charli’s chiptune-inflected electropop track – a delicious tale of daydreaming about lovely boys – here sees its cutesy chorus overhauled into something approaching a military march. Boys, we’re coming for you.

Tove Lo, ‘Disco Tits’ – KREAM remix

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

The Swedish musician’s sex-positive, disco-influenced pop behemoth become faster and vibier still on this frenetic reimagining, which is underpinned by shimmering synths and truly hits the groove in the final minute, when Tove’s chopped-up vocals weave around the booming beat.

Snakehips & MØ, ‘Don’t Leave’ – Gryffin remix

MØ

If you though this heart-wrenching break-up song form producer extraordinaires Snakehips and prodicgiously talented vocalist MØ was great but a little overblown, this remix has redressed then balance. Bluster is out, pounding percussion and a killer, staccato bassline is in.

Confidence Man, ‘Bubblegum’ – Jono Ma More Cowbell Mix

Confidence Man

Confidence Man

 The Aussie dance-punks went all ‘70s funk on the (fantastic) original, which boasts driving rhythms and coolly understated vocals, but less cowbell that its title might suggest. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: needs more cowbell. Still, like all these remixes, it’s bloody brilliant.