20 remixes of indie songs we’re not afraid to love
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#14 Cat Power – Cherokee (Nicolas Jaar remix)
There are a few producers on this list with the remix Midas touch, and Nicolas Jaar’s one of them. Whether it’s Sneaky Sound System, Missy Elliot, Azari & III, Grizzly Bear or the whole of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Jaar’s proven himself able to master just about any source material you can think of. His take on the work of indie songstress Cat Power is a standout in a flawless discography.
#13 The Drums – Days (Trentemoller remix)
Let’s pull no punches: The Drums are one of the worst bands to come out of the last decade. So it’s truly a testament to Trentmí¸ller’s skills as a producer that he managed to turn a piece of painful surf-rock revival into this, a dark and bitter five-minute trip. The vocals of Drums frontman Jonny Pierce worked so well with Trentmí¸ller’s sound that the Dane called on him to feature on the track Never Stop Running a year later, a track that would become the first single of Trentmí¸ller’s brilliant Lost album.
#12 Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric remix)
Those shaggy, jangly indie-pop Parisians Phoenix met their match in Alex Metric, who gave the second best track off their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix an extremely zeitgeist French electro re-work that crunches, stutters and builds into a beast worthy of inducing the very hysterical fan frenzy that the song’s title refers to).
#11 Florence & The Machine – ‘You’ve Got The Love’ (The xx remix)
Part cover, part remix, The xx’s take on You’ve Got The Love is all brilliance. And what a history it has: from the original You Got The Love back in 1986, to the ‘89 reincarnation that saw the track’s a cappella mixed over an instrumental version of Frankie Knuckles classic Your Love, to the 1996 New Voyager mix, Florence’s cover and, finally, this, You’ve Got The Love has sure come a long way. And as for proof of its popularity? Let those 20 million YouTube views assure you.
#10 Bloc Party – Where Is Home? (Burial remix)
If there’s a producer better equipped to remix Where Is Home? than Burial, we haven’t heard them. Bloc Party’s original was all about belonging (or a lack thereof) in the English capital and Burial, as anyone who’s enjoyed his opus Untrue could tell you, has long been inspired by the many faces of London. So it only makes sense that when the Hyperdub star put his touch on Where Is Home?, he turned it into one of the most affecting tracks of the decade.
#9 Yacht – Psychic City (Classixx remix)
Just about everything in the Classixx discography will have you Googling the next available flight to L.A., but the duo’s reworking of Yacht’s Psychic City is the crí¨me of the Cali-summer crop. Put your headphones on, turn the volume up and let Classixx take you back to 2010.
#8 Foals – Late Night (Solomun remix)
When inthemix spoke with Hamburg’s deep house king Solomun last year about his much-lauded remix for Oxford five-piece Foals, he said he wanted to capture the original’s “melancholic atmosphere”. “I wanted the brilliant vocals to shine in my remix,” Solomun said, “so all I did was to make a good platform for the intense singing.” And what a platform it is. Minimalist and underground, with deep pulsing sub-bass and restrained levels of funk, it’s the perfect danceable backdrop to Yannis Philippakis’s fervent vocals.