Have you ever heard a song on the radio and pulled out your phone as quick as possible to Shazam it, only to find out it’s another great remix? We do that too. We personally find it fun to listen to a bunch of remixes of a popular song purposely, to try and find our favorite. When you find the perfect remix that hits all the feels it definitely keeps you jamming from beginning to end.
Once a song gains mainstream adoration, multiple remixes of it begin popping up on Spotify and SoundCloud. Many artists make albums and EPs that consist of only remixes to their song, such as Marshmello’s Alone and the Chainsmokers’ Closer.
We’ve compiled a list of remixes that we think are just as good as the original. Who knows, you may consider some of these tracks even better than the originals.
1. Where R U Now – LIOHN x Jack U x Ember Island
Some may think that topping the original may not be very difficult, but the Ember Island adaptation covered Jack U & Justin Bieber’s original lyrics to create a vibrant remix. Liohn decided to go one step further in adapting it by adding elements of deep, melodic house and funky horns.
The final product is a smooth, mellifluous track that resonates with Ember Island’s beautiful vocals.
2. Stranger Things (Machete Cut) – Machete
The Stranger Things phenomenon went from bustling on Netflix to the electronic music scene. After Deadmau5 remixed the Stranger Things theme song and released a soundtrack mix on Youtube many other electronic artists are joining the trend.
The Machete Cut sticks to the roots of the original theme song. But, the drops venture to a heavy bass line that will get you headbanging.
3. Closer – Robotaki Remix
With the release of Closer Remixes EP this last week, it would be only fitting to include one of the best remixes in this list. The Chainsmoker’s EP only shows four of the remixes, but you can find many more on SoundCloud. Each of the songs brings something new to the the table, which made it difficult to narrow down the choices.
Some of the remixes stay true to the original tune, while others have drops that are more consistent with the artist creating the remix (Dirtyphonics and Jauz for example). The Robotaki remix adds momentum to the song that carries you from beginning to end. Its touch of tropical house takes us back to summer days and warm breezes.
4. Strobe – ATTLAS Remix
When we heard the iconic song was getting a remix pack for the mau5trap 100th release anniversary, we could barely contain ourselves. Each remix on the EP has it’s own special qualities, which made it hard to decide the best adaptation.
The Deadmau5 protege, ATTLAS, captured all of our favorite parts of Strobe. Then, he adds his own layer of deep, tech house to create a remix that pulls on your heartstrings. The beginning gives you a truly euphoric feeling as the beat and sound of crashing drums vibrates in your ears. This is an inspiring remix that gives us nostalgia of the first time we heard Strobe.
5. Say It (feat. Tove Lo) – Illenium Remix
The release of his album Ashes and subsequent Ashes tour (which is coming to Seattle) has caused Illenium to really emerge into his own this year. This DJ is known for his great remixes, and he surely does the Flume song justice.
Illenium does not stray too far from the original track, but he elegantly changes the musical structure. The remix features a new chord progression layered beneath Tove Lo’s vocals, making them resonate. This track also includes futuristic bass rhythms, sub kicks, and synth chords that blend together well to make a powerful remix.
Have an additional remix that you think deserves a mention? Share a link to the song in the comments!