The humble remix can do everything from subtly enhancing the original to launching and sustaining a career. In the second instalment of CTC 2015, we’re looking back at a year of reworks chosen by our esteemed writers, editors, DJs and music experts. It’s another killer list – catch up on your faves and discover some new ones below.
Chris Salter – Head of Media
Maribou State – The Clown (Axel Boman Remix)
Stockholm-based producer and Studio Barnhus label co-founder Axel Boman gets my nod for remix of the year. I love his back-to-basics take on Maribou State’s piano-led track ‘The Clown’ (the original was right up there for track of the year). The result? A super sleek, progressive low slung dub. While Talaboman may have been the focus this year (his DJ and production partnership with John Talabot), let’s not forget the Swede slays solo.
Giaco Bridgett – CTC DJ
David Zowie – House Every Weekend (Après Remix)
One of the breakthrough producers of the year with his track ‘Chicago’, Après aka Hug Ellingham took this track to a whole new level as all good remixes should. Tip top.
Declan McGlynn – Editor
Tronik Youth – The Healer (Emperor Machine Remix)
Andrew Meecham never does things by halves. Working out of one of the most impressive studios I’ve ever seen – based on a Llama farm outside Manchester, for real – he’s consistently creating exploratory jams on his vast collection of synths; snubbing his nose to the conventions of time and space. When I first heard this remix for Tronik Youth I had to listen to it three times to take it all in. 34 minutes well spent. The exquisite synth work is only trumped by the deep and rich production and with multiple sections you could describe as ‘verses’ and even more potential ‘breakdowns’, it meanders on like a funky nomad. I don’t know who, what or when this is for, and that’s one of Emperor Machine’s biggest assets – he doesn’t give a fuck and it’s glorious.
Charlotte Lucy Cijffers – Editor in Chief
Aprohead – Let’s Prance (Radio Slave & Thomas Gandey Last Communication Mix)
Techno, techno, techno! Anya, Dixon, Carola, Capriatti, Beyer can’t be wrong — this is the ultimate 6am Amnesia banger!
Louis Haines – CTC Contributor
CHVRCHES – Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix)
This pleasing little number twinkles along for most of its duration, teasing the original’s vocals before dropping into surprising, fuzz-ridden chaos right at the end. One of those peaches you don’t expect, and something a bit different from Mr. Hebden.
Frank McWeeny – French Toast Radio
Pasteur Lappé More Sekele Movement (African 808 Remix)
Sexy one from the Mawimbi crew. A few Parisians who are mad about African music and giving it a proper 2.0 electro twist. Vinyl only, and it’s the most expensive one I have ever bought! Check out the Mawimbi radio show every Monday afternoon on Rinse France.
Leon Clarkson – CTC Contributor
Huxley – I Want You (Deetron Remix)
I love Deetron and have always appreciate Huxley’s production style and delivery, even if his tunes don’t quite fit my DJ taste. This is a wonderful slice of both things I enjoy about them both. Those broad, whispy developing synths partnering that sultry vocals make for an epic journey and a serious remix!
Jennifer Wallis – CTC Contributor
The Acid – RA (David August Remix)
David August’s remix of RA by The Acid. The original is so mellow and dreamy. August retains that mellow, dreaminess but cranks it up a notch to make it club worthy.
Jamie Ferguson – Music Management & Events
Hayden James – Something About You (Just Kiddin Remix)
This song may have been a tad overplayed but the remix from Just Kiddin is on point. In my eyes, the perfect summer tune!
Jess Holton – CTC Contributor
RÜFÜS – You Were Right (Nora En Pure Remix)
Keeping it local with this remix which can only be described as sublime. Subtle, tropical and built for lasting the summer, Nora En Pure remixes this RÜFÜS track with beautiful restraint and pounding deep house bass lines. Recommend to be sipping some form of peach-flavoured cocktail in blinding sunlight on some stranger’s balcony.