Remixes of Classics – Are you sure about that mate?

Posted on: Apr 15th, 2015

Remixes of classic tunes are risky business. Beatport is littered with forgettable, half-assed efforts which add nothing and are clearly just money-spinners for whatever label has decided to cash in on these timeless pieces of music. But enough of the negativity, here are some modern remakes of classic tunes that manage to put a different spin on the original and/or bring it right up to date.

Let’s start with the most recent one. I heard this in Head High’s new mix for Groove Magazine and instantly loved it. The original is such a massive tune, especially at Tw!tch, so for Shed to pull it off so well is a relief!

The next one that springs to mind is Kowton’s excellent bass/techno/breakbeat take on Bobby Peru (Paul Woolford) – Erotic Discourse which gives the tune a completely different energy and feel.

Moloko scored a huge hit with “Sing it Back” and while it wasn’t necessarily an underground club classic, it was certainly played a lot in Ibiza and the like. Herbert brings it right back into the smaller clubs with his “Tasteful Dub” and it has become a classic in it’s own right.

Paul Woolford appears here for the 2nd time, but now it’s his turn to take on a classic, this time from the seminal Warp label. This is unmistakably Special Request and those Jungle influenced sounds we have been drooling over for the past couple of years fit perfectly into this bonafide club classic.

Nearly all the Maurizio back catalogue can be filed under the “Classic” banner and it’s only fitting that we include one of the finest remixers of his generation. CC’s remix here is arguably bigger than the original.

This is more of an edit than a remix but Ian strips this classic back in all the right places.

This one is not for the faint hearted. AFX cranks the acid baseline up to the extreme here and still blows me away everytime i hear it.

As classics go, they don’t get much bigger than Inner City’s Good Life and MJ does well to take his version in a different direction leaving us with a shuffling aciddy number that gives the track a new lease of life.

ESP’s “It’s You” given a stripped back re-edit here by San Soda and was absolute everywhere a couple of years ago. Admittedly it has lost a lot of it’s charm due to the cross-over success but it’s well worth it’s inclusion here.

NYC BOMB to finish off. This is by no means a definitive list so feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below!