Most remixes are shit. This new feature exists in defense of The Remix. So, welcome to Remixtape: a monthly compilation of the best recent remix MP3s floating around the internet because despite the glut of garish promo bloghouse crap, there are actually still people doing this thing artfully. Because there’s an actual art to this thing, one that values creativity in sound and approach over simply having artists on both sides of the remix equation’s names appear in a blog headline.
For every 50 remixes that are transparent ploys for publicity there’s one by a producer, rapper, band, fan capable of doing something really special with a track reappropriation. Maybe it’s screwing the original’s tempo and laying down a verse, taking a five-second gene and spinning it out into something entirely new, teasing out a song’s emotion or interpolating a new one, or coloring over all of it with de novo beat and chord movement. Vol. I has examples of each, featuring Lindstrøm, Jamie xx, XXXChange, Diplo, Star Slinger, Holy Other, Yuck, Mogwai, Sleigh Bells, Azari & III, Glasser, Blondes, the Go! Team, et al. Play it through. It will make you want to dance, take drugs, cry. Valentine’s weekend is a remixtape. Enjoy.
01 Adele – “Rolling In The Deep (Jamie xx Shuffle)”
02 Sleigh Bells – “Tell ’Em (Diplo Remix)”
03 Win Win – “Interleave (Feat. Alexis Taylor) (XXXChange’s 1993 Mix)”
04 Creep – “Days (Azari & III Remix)”
05 Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream (Heems Remix)”
06 The Go! Team – “Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix)”
07 Esben And The Witch – “Marching Song (Snorkel Mix)”
08 Glasser – “Mirrorage (Lindstrøm Remix)”
09 Harald Grosskopf – “Synthesist (Blondes Remix)”
10 Asobi Seksu – “Trails (Holy Other Remix)”
11 Yuck – “Rubber (Mogwai Remix)”