Following the sad news of Prince's death yesterday, DJ Mag HQ is in musical mourning. You don’t need us to tell you the influence Prince had on music — his remarkable instrumentation, synth and drum machine programming, poignant and sometimes wry lyrics, impeccable dance moves and production work behind the board combined to absolutely positively make him one of a kind.
In times of purple crisis, we’re turning to his music — the soundtrack to so many pre-drink shimmies, peak-time club floor-fillers and after-party singalongs. And while it might seem sacrilege to tamper with the master, there are some producers who took what he did and tweaked it either for the modern dancefloor, or made it something new entirely.
DJ Mag has compiled our favourite Prince edits that will no doubt be rinsed throughout the weekend and beyond. Get funky.
Want more Prince? Head here to check out what might be inside Prince's infamous vault, that's rumoured to be full of unreleased albums and video clips, according to the BBC, plus listen to Artwork's '100% Prince Tribute Show' tonight on Rinse FM.
‘DO I BELIEVE IN GOD’ (LNTG MUSCLE EDIT)
Probably Prince’s must edited and editable track, ‘Controversy’ doesn’t need much improvement. Instead, LNTG picked some key riffs and phrases and extended the classic to almost nine minutes of filtered funkiness. Mighty Mouse’s take comes in a close second, though you’ll have to hunt that down yourself.
‘PURPLE MUSIC’ (SEVEN DAVIS JR EDIT)
Almost as sassy as the man himself, Seven Davis Jr’s re-work of ‘So High’ is a stripped-back groover. Funnily enough, at six minutes, it actually shaves four minutes off the original but gives it a newer, tighter vibe in the process.
'I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER' (DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX)
Despite cleverly hiding behind the alias of a Stoke-on-Trent based producer, DFP still had his absolute genius remix stricken from most of the internet. Kicking off a live recording of ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ recorded in Japan in 1997, it elegantly segues into a beefed-up version of one of the songs that kicked off Prince’s career. We’re not ashamed to admit we’ve turned to this edit probably 100 times and it’s never failed to bring the floor together. Magic.
'I TRAFFIC JAM' (RON HARDY EDIT)
A tip from everyone's favourite Irish DJ duo, Bicep, this loopy stomper is chock-full of flamboyant synths and slapping bass. You'll have to nab it on vinyl and it's currently sold out — head here for the wait list.
'WHEN DOVES CRY' (FINNEBASSEN REMIX)
One of the most enduring Prince records that's still getting hammered today, Finnebassen puts his own unique touch on the superb original — this baseline will make you melt!
[Via Chase The Compass]