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2011 In Review: Top 20 Best Remixes

What’s so special about remixes? Well, everything. As music connoisseurs, there is nothing more interesting than hearing a song that you already know being taken to new heights. As musicians, remixing another’s song is one of the highest forms of respect you can pay to a fellow artist. Remixes give producers the chance to take what they liked about a song and make it better, change what they didn’t like about it, or completely throw away most of the original to only to make it their own. Some remixes crash and burn as they remain outshined by the original (i.e. almost every “Levels” remix) and others replace the original as the definitive mix to know (i.e. any of the songs below).  No matter how you look at it, remixes are some of the most popular to produce and tend to be the most sought after amongst the EDM community.

This category is a list of the remixes that made the biggest impact to us over the past year as music bloggers, as music lovers, as show junkies and as mix masters. These are not just good songs that happen to be remixes. These songs were chosen because they happen to be an amazing interpretation that improved or made different the original. Most of these remixes exemplify everything a good remix should be: they include just enough of the original to make you know what you’re listening to but contributes a whole new dimension of awesomeness.  You should recognize a couple…

  1. Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix)
  2. Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)
  3. Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (Specimen A & James D’ley Re-fix)
  4. Skrillex – Drop Dead (Blende Remix)
  5. Bingo Players – Cry (Just a Little) [Kids at the Bar Bootleg]
  6. Marvin Gaye – Grapevine (Voodoo Farm Remix)
  7. Grant Smillie ft. Zoe Badwi – Carry Me Home (Tommy Trash Remix)
  8. Kaskade – Eyes (Mistermike Remix)
  9. Steve Aoki – Earthquakey People (Dillon Francis Remix)
  10. Deadmau5 – Strobe (Special Features Remix)
  11. Katy Perry – E.T. (Black Matter Remix)
  12. Chase & Status – Time (Karetus Remix)
  13. The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (Wick-it Moombahton Remix)
  14. Zedd – Shave It (Kaskade Remix)
  15. Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
  16. Lucky Date – Hos and Discos (Space Laces Remix)
  17. Nero – Guilt (DallasK Remix)
  18. Swedish House Mafia – Save the Word (Zedd Remix)
  19. Fatboy Slim – Ya Mama (Push the Tempo) (Moguai Remix)
  20. Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)

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Survival Sunday: Monday Edition Featuring Doctor P & Flux Pavilion, Steve Aoki & Tiesto and more

Welcome all to the late edition of our weekly installment of Survival Sunday. Sorry for the late arrival but I have a legitimate excuse that I won’t bore you with.  Anyways, this past week turned out to be the time for some huge releases so lets get straight into it.

Flux and Doctor P’s newest collaboration (of which there have been many) brings a completely new sound which further emphasizes their mutual like for melodic sounds and innovation. It won’t be the newest “Louder” or “Gold Dust” but it certainly is unique.

Flux Pavilion & Doctor P – Superbad

Steve Aoki has teamed up with the man of the hour right now Tiesto to bring you the latest in a series of amazing collaborations from Aoki. From “Warp” with the Bloody Beetroots, “Turbulence” with Laidback Luke, “No Beef” with Afrojack and most recently “Earthquakey People” with Rivers Cuomo, the record label mogul/DJ/producer is unstoppable. This track is no exception. Not to mention Tiesto is coming off one of his biggest years of all time with songs like “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Maximal Crazy” continuing to tear up speakers and dancefloors worldwide.

Tiesto ft. Steve Aoki – Tornado

Progressive house artist EDX released his newest single this week and this one should become quite the hit among progressive house fans. Personally, I’m not the biggest prog fan but I have always liked EDX’s style and I think you’ll see that on this track.

EDX – D.A.N.C.E. (Original Mix)

Finally, the vocal mix of Swedish House Mafia’s collaboration with Knife Party debuted this week on (you guessed it) BBC Radio 1. The track not only adds some vocals but also brings a more finished sound with it than the last preview heard. Obviously when this track gets officially released, it will be massive and everyone will already be quite familiar.

Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party – Antidote (Vocal Mix) [LQ BBC Radio 1 Preview]

As an afterthought (and since he was featured on last week’s SS), here’s Lazy Rich’s newest remix. Goes hard as you’d expect.

Felguk – Blow Out (Lazy Rich Impossible Remix)

Steve Aoki – Earthquakey People (Dillon Francis Remix)

Not sure if everybody else has been at the same kind of loss since Dillon Francis released his last remix because it has been a minute! Remember the days (3 months ago) when Mr. Francis was giving away a free remix at least twice a month and Survival Sundays always highlighted his most recent accolades. Well Dillon Francis has been plenty busy lately blowing the f*@& up and has had less time to provide his hungry friends with tasty moombahton treats. Alas, we are in luck because he is back with what he says is “my favorite remix I’ve done thus far in my career!” If that doesn’t get you stoked I don’t know what will.

Steve Aoki – Earthquakey People (Dillon Francis Remix)

The track will be released on Beatport under Ultra Records on Nov. 22nd!

Steve Aoki & Rivers Cuomo – Earthquakey People (The Sequel)

Steve Aoki and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo have teamed up for a new banger in the style of electro house. This track is the first to drop off of Aoki’s upcoming album which is supposed to drop by the end of the year. Personally, I don’t think this song would be very special save for the reminiscence of classic Weezer tracks you get when Cuomo’s voice comes in. I mean, remember how goddamn good Weezer used to be? Everyone ate that shit up. Now this is the shit you’ll be eating. And you’ll like it. That’s right.

Whatever you think of it, you’ll be hearing it everywhere in no time so get to know it people.

Steve Aoki ft. Rivers Cuomo – Earthquakey People (The Sequel)
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