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'Operator (DJ Koze's Extended Disco Version)'
The Pampa remix master turned the cutesy disco-pop of Låpsley into a stomping dancefloor epic earlier this year, and in turn our summer's were all the better off for it. Heard on any glitter-clad soundsystem worth its salt during the festival season, it's secured the coveted title of Remix Of The Year from DJ Mag HQ. Killer!
'Higher Level (Bicep Remix)'
Bicep's trademarked 125bpm breakbeat returned when they reinvented Isaac Tichauer's 'Higher Level' earlier this year. Turning the original into an ecstatic concoction of spiralling lunar-squeee synths and alien planet frequencies, it's been the landmark of many-a-decent house set.
'Snooze 4 Love (Dixon Remix)'
Despite this tune's slightly misleading title, there's nothing sleepy about this cut. The Terje original was already brilliant, with the Norwegian's musicianship only further amplified by Dixon's re-rub. Loopy, hypnotic, gorgeous.
'Freak Like Me (DJ Deeon vs Lee Walker Remix)'
Another twist to the ‘Freak Like Me’ story, Lee Walker here jumping in the studio with Chicago ghetto house DJ/producer Deeon to add more of an urban flava to the popular house cut.
'Ride Like The Wind (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix)'
The genius Joey Negro takes this fairly naff 1979 MOR cut and turns it into disco dynamite. Foregrounding the strings and making them epic, he crafts the previously nondescript Pearl & Dean “Pa-pa-pas” into a thing — extending and bending. A guaranteed floor-filler.
'Lovelee Dae (Bicep Remix)'
Feel My Bicep
It's either brave or just plain foolish to take on a stone-cold New Jersey classic like Blaze's 'Lovelee Dae'. But no remix task is too intrepid for the Bicep boys as, somehow, they improved on perfection.
'Crystal (Mike Servito Remix)'
Detroit-raised Brooklyn-based Bunker resident Mike Servito’s rework of Justin Cudmore’s ‘Crystal’ takes the snaking acid lines and bouncy grooves of the original and strips things back to a more minimalist tip, a la the early days of Transmat and Warp. Absolute dancefloor dynamite.
'Son Of Raw (Andre Hommen Remix)'
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together. A perfect example of a protégé coming good, Dennis Ferrer's young label buddy Andre Hommen threw back one of his mentor's finest anthems to celebrate 10 years of Objektivity earlier this year, and in turn created one of the anthems of the summer.
'Techno Disco (KiNK Remix)'
The clue is in the title with Luke Vibert's hybrid bombshell from last year's '4' LP, but things are a little less straight forward when it comes to KiNK's remix for Hypercolour. A steady four-four, a cheeky breakbeat, a clipped vocal sample and that epic pitch-bending hook... that right there is what you call an anthem!
'Houze (Deetron Remix)'
The Man Like Deetron takes Honey Dijon’s bouncy Classic original, featuring cool vox from Seven Davis Jr, and strips it to some bare essentials. The way he builds the tech dynamics by bringing the mix down to a minimalistic core, adding layers to turn it into a tracky tool before going quite growly, is sublime.
'Go (Loco Dice Remix)'
'Ingrid Is A Hybrid (Otik Remix)'
'Shadow Boxing (Om Unit VIP)'
'Running (Âme Remix)'
Lianne La Havas
'Lost And Found (Matthew Herbert Remix)'
'12.32 (Fort Romeau Remix)'
'Player's Theme (Sebo K Edit)'
'Shine feat. Nona Hendryx (Dimitri From Paris Remix)'
'ISON (Paul Woolford Remix)'
Black Rock Records
King Britt pres. Obafunk
'Uzoamaka (King Britt's Scuba Mix)'