The Discovery of the Remix

Alexandra Collins -
Posted on: May 19, 2010

In the past I have associated the word ‘remix’ with the destruction of a good song. Frequent “REEEEmix” obnoxiously shouted through the intro, rapping over the best parts of the songs or painful scratching caused me to never deviate from the original track.

My disdain for remixes changed last spring when I became a fan of the British electro-pop duo La Roux. At the same time as their first single, “In For The Kill” was gaining popularity, Dubstep producer, Skream, released a stripped back remix of the song with a new, resounding drum line. Skream’s remix helped launch La Roux into chart topping success in the UK while completely shattering my stigma surrounding remixes.

I began to find more remixes of my favourite songs from DJs like Chase and Status, A-Trak, Caspa, and Doorly who have masterfully mixed songs in to dark Dubstep anthems or raving dance tunes. By following these DJs and their remixes I have discovered new exciting artists and different genres of music.

Websites like rcrdlbl.com have the largest selection of the best remixes while also showcasing the next big thing in music. This availability and the growing popularity of these DJs have meant that many new artists are gaining a massive Internet fan base before their singles are even released.

Here is my essential remix playlist featuring some amazing DJs and exciting new artist.

1. In For the Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Mix) – La Roux

2. Animal (Fake Blood Remix) – Miike Snow

3. Fader (The Knocks Remix) – Temper Trap

4. You Got the Love (The XX Remix) – Florence and the Machine

5. Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

6. Under the Sheets (Chiddy Bang Remix) – Ellie Goulding

7. I Am Not A Robot (Doorly Remix) – Marina and the Diamonds

8. Heartbeat (Chase & Status We Just Bought a Guitar Remix) – Nneka

9. Pieces of You (Mondkopf Remix) – Wolf Gang

10. Right Hand Hi (Caspa Remix) – Kid Sister