With falling prices of music production software, more and more people are creating tracks, post it on MySpace or zShare, and calling it a remix. In 2008, the internet was clogged with a variety of “remixes”, ranging from hipster-hoppers rhyming over indie rock beats to apiring DJs and producers trying to put their mark on the hot single. Through all this, these 5 songs got the most spins on my iPod this year.
5.) Adele – Chasing Pavements – (Various Productions Remix)[audio:http://www.thecouchsessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/chasing-pavements-various-productions-remix-2.mp3]
Even though Mick Boogie’s new Adele/1988 remix might be getting more shine in the Internets, a little known UK remix her song “Chasing Pavements,” has goten multiple spins in my iPod. Various Production’s chupped of remix of the track was rejected by Adele’s label though.
4.) Lil Wayne – A Milli (Nadastrom Remix)[audio:http://www.thecouchsessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/lil-wayne-a-millie-nadastrom-remix.mp3]
Nadastrom mixes aren’t for everyone, but if you’re into the techno/electro ish that Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom are cookin’ up, then their remix is a dancefloor banger.
3.) The Knux – Cappuccino (Remix)
Remember back in the day when a cassette single would have the instrumental and the b-Side remix? Yeah, those were the days. The Knux’s Cappuccino rework is a throwback to the times when an artist would drop a brand new verse/beat to a song and call it a remix. It comes off like a sequel rather than a new song.
2.) Lil Wayne – A Milli (Flying Lotus Remix)[audio:http://www.thecouchsessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/flying-lotus-robo-tussin.mp3]
Not only does Flying Lotus remix this track, but he completely reinterprets Bangladesh’ street anthem into a chilled out lounge sleeper and made it look easy in the process.
1.) Kid Cudi – Day and Nite (Crookers Remix)
You know you’ve done your job when people think that your remix is the actual official release. The Italian dance floor duo Crookers’s remix of Kid Cudi’s Day and Nite has become an international dance floor smash and has become more famous than the original, hitting the charts at BBC Radio 1 and in Australia ahead of its official January release.
Honorable Mention: Drake – Little Bit (Remix)
I tried to avoid posting tracks with rappers trying to get on hipster tracks, but Drake’s auto-tuned duet with my future wife Lykke Li is near perfection. Drake makes the move that Kanye should’ve made considering that the Kayne-Lykke collaboration with N.A.S.A. was total bunk.