The 29 Best Remixes of 2009

I don’t know about you but 2009 was the year I fell in live with remixes. Starting TBE opened up my world to so many amazing reinterpretations of both great and not so great songs. Having always been more of a cover song guy this was new territory for me but I dove in headfirst and have been enjoying the ride so far. Good music is a personal thing and messing with great music is even more so. This is very much a subjective list and is based on nothing besides how much I love and respect the work done. Oh, and the numbering system is pretty much bullshit but I had to put them in some kind of order. Anyway, enjoy. I certainly have.

29. French Horn Rebellion – Beaches and Friends (Hey Champ Remix) / The opening seconds pretty much sum up this perfect pool-party/beach jam.

28. Hockey – Learn To Lose (Labrinth Remix) / The remix that introduced me to one of my favorite new acts of ’09. It will always have a special place in my heart and on the dancefloor.

27. LMFAO – Shooting Star (Party/Rock Remix) / I’ve still never heard the original but this remix makes me wanna party like a fool. Something about their goofy swagger just works here.

26. Sharam & Patsy Cline – She Came Along (feat. Kid Cudi) / Yeah, this is actually a track by Sharam that samples Patsy Cline and features Cudi on vocals but that’s complicated enough to earn it ‘remix’ status in my book. I just love the bass line in this jam.

25. William Fitzsimmons – I Don’t Feel It Anymore (George Raquet Remix) / Tough to give a remix treatment to such a melancholy song so props to George for pulling it off with style and grace. Beautiful stuff.

24. The Maccabees – Love You Better (Russell Lissack Remix) / Some rock music just doesn’t lend itself to being tastefully remixed but Russell pumps this one up nicely, spastically hurtling the track along with perfect momentum.

23. Shakira – She Wolf (Calvin Harris Remix) / Love that cowbell! Calvin does a great job of pulling this one off the radio and slamming it right onto the dancefloor.

22. Little Boots – New In Town (Fred Falke Remix) / This jam is the definition of Little Boot’s pre-Hands hype and those were good times for for both her and us. A monster remix that sprawls big and wide, this got me super-pumped on the dance floor more than once.

21. Phoenix – 1901 (What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow – E-Mix) / Not really being a drug guy I am talking out of my ass here but this remix seems like what uppers would feel like. I can’t stop twitching along to that bassline and even though I know I look like a spastic I’m OK with it.

20. Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorsese (’96 Bulls Remix) / Besides being a HUGE track in it’s own right, it’s even more impressive if you know the original. This kind of reworking is what remixing is all about. Crank that wobbly-ass bass up to 11 and get your sweat on! “Never could take off my cool!”

19. Britney Spears – If U Seek Amy (Weird Tapes Club Mix) / I just don’t think I am a good enough writer to explain the brilliance of what Weird Tapes has done here. Britney has always had bangers but this takes her shit to a whole new level.

18. Big Gipp – Hot (Treasure Fingers Remix) / The best demented fun-house themed remix of the year. Hands down. An anthem for dirty zombie pimps worldwide.

17. Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix) / Calvin strikes again, this time injecting Passion Pit with that bottomed out bass-line magic that just makes me swoon. It also makes me want to sing along at full volume with closed eyes and flailing limbs. Back up!

16. Das Racist – Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell (Wallpaper. Remix) / A lot like Taco Bell itself, this jam is a real social filter, able to separate the generally awesome from those who have trouble kicking back, enjoying life, and occasionally ingesting re-hydrogenated beans.

15. Peter Bjorn & John – It Don’t Move Me (Miike Snow remix) / Bleeps, bloops, gleeps, wunks, chreaps, swoings, dweezs, wryeaws, reanooweens, and other fantastic sounds are used to perfection. It’s as if the song has taken on a life of it’s own and at any moment could leap from the speakers and pop-n-lock itself all up in my actual face. Sweet.

14. The xx – Shelter (Death To The Throne Remix) / There is nothing quite like taking a steamy sex-fueled ballad and turning into and massive club destroyer that should probably not be played to too many indie kids at once lest their be a group heart attack during the inevitable mass freak out.

13. The Killers – Spacemen (Steve Aoki & The Bloody Beetroots Remix) / It’s like making a sandwich with six pices of huge, some diced epic, some fresh funky, all between two slices of grandiose. Serve with a tall glass of handclaps!

12. Britney Spears – Radar (Bloodshy & Avant Remix) / Things are beautifully weird here with the Miike Snow boys smearing Britney with all their signature sounds as well as huge handclaps and foot stomps. Hard to explain. Easy to love.

11. One eskimO – Givin’ up (Don Diablo Remix) / It’s rare that a song can simultaneously inspire fresh dance moves as well as glassy eyed introspection. Hamstrings and heartstrings beware.

10. The Drums – Down By The Water (The Soundmen Remix) / Oh man, I love this. Take a timid love song that couldn’t open a bag of chips without scissors and give it the biggest set of balls in stock and a mission to move bodies weather they like it or not. This one is built for car stereos and open windows.

9. Chris Cornell – Part Of Me (ft. Timbaland) (Grandtheft Disco Remix) / Chris Cornell may have made some questionable career choices in the past few years (the original recording of this song being one of them) but there is no denying that voice. Nor the epic beats laid upon this jam by Grandtheft.

8. Drink Up Buttercup – Even Think (Andrew W.K. Remix) / It’s nice to see that Andy Dub’s shameless party-at-all-costs attitude extends to his remixes. This thing just screams good times!

7. Pixie Lott – Mama Do (Linus Loves Radio Remix) / I’ve yet to hear the original but this monster remix soundtracked my summer and I’m pretty damn certain it’s an improvement on this pop tart’s radio fodder. Go Linus! Go Linus!

6. John legend – Everybody Knows (RAC Mix) / Sometimes a remix is great because it pulls out all the stops and leaves you with no choice but to get hyped. The more impressive path is the one taken here. RAC deftly weaves in a few choice instruments, creating a massive remix in it’s own humble way.

5. Busy P ft. Murs – To Protect And Entertain (Crookers Remix) / This remix may very well have dropped in ’08 but since it was my anthem of ’09 it makes the list. It’s absolutely huge and that wobbly bass ear-punch gets me so ridiculously pumped it’s not funny. Lives have been saved by this not being played while I’m in the club.

4. Daniel Merriweather – Change (Feat. Wale) (Gigamesh Remix) / It’s just a perfect remix of an already fantastic track. Respect is paid to the original while still adding enough individual flavor to keep it in solid rotation all year.

3. Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody (Andre Anjos remix) / Did someone mention staying in rotation all year? Yeah. Exactly. Andre Anjos (a.k.a. RAC) rubs his perfection all over this one.

2. The Very Best – Julia (Javelin Re-do) / This is not one of the best for being a perfectly executed textbook remix but rather for being so original and raw. Javelin have lit the songs shoes on fire and sent it careening down a steep hill in a rusty wheelbarrow. Coming dangerously near disaster at every turn it manages to arrive unscathed and with a hell of a tale to tell. Soak it it, a remix like this is one in a million.

1. Miike Snow – Animal (Fake Blood Remix) / We all love “Animal” and we all love the circus so it is only logical that when the two have a sordid love child it is awkward and loud and pushy, but also irresistibly charming and unbelievably catchy. And how they got that gym whistle to not be annoying is worth an award all by itself.

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47 replies
  1. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    haha, true, a good remix but just didn't do it for me. I've also only listened to it a couple times. May have to work on that…

  2. Skelefunk
    Skelefunk says:

    what are you on about with the Fake Blood remix??? The Circus??? I thought he based his persona on horror movies… And you missed GTRONIC's remix of Warp but I'll forgive you.

  3. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Dude, have you listened to it? Combine Fake Blood's version with Mark
    Ronson's and it's like The Rastafarian Ringling Brothers. Listen to
    the Fake Blood post I did a while back. There is nothing 'horror'
    about his sweet dance tunes.

    And I guess I did miss that GTRONIC remix but it's good to know I'm forgivin :)

  4. scootsyp
    scootsyp says:

    Decent list holmes. I would have switched a couple things around, maybe added a few, or replaced a few:

    Miike Snow-Animal (Treasure Fingers Remix)
    Phoenix-Lisztomania (Classixx Remix)
    Passion Pit-Sleepyhead (Neo Tokyo Remix) or the (Kids at the Bar Remix)

    Shit, if any of these dropped in 08 then call me old fashioned haha

    Good list though, this was just my interpretation of it, I mean you're the one with the blog.

  5. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    I like my Phoenix a bit more up-tempo than that Classixx treatment but I
    totally feel you on the Treasure Fingers and Kids at the Bar. Funny thing is
    that both those remixes are on my Slow Burn Summer Mix.

    Peep that business if you haven't yet.

    Truth is that Treasure Fingers' cutting of the “Animal” verses got his remix
    demoted when I heard Fake Blood's. And that bass just speaks to me :) And as
    much as I love that Kids At the Bar remix I couldn't in good put a
    Sleepyhead remix on the list. An epic jam but I had reached capacity by the
    time Manners came out.

    Anyway, I don't imagine you wanted a full explanation but there it is. You
    just happened to pick 3 remixes I have specific opinions on. But thanks for
    dropping in with your two cents, it's always interesting to see the
    favorites of other people with similar tastes.

  6. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Ahhh, yes, a good remix but not one of my favorites. And besides, it's
    pre-2009. “Golden cage” is from 2006's Dreams LP.

  7. scootsyp
    scootsyp says:

    Respect on the lengthy explanation, I will admit it is the best response to anything I have posted on the world wide's music blogs. I mean, I have dropped my fair share of 2 cent'rs on PMA and it generates nada.

    Anyway, I agree with the Fake Blood bassline. That dude is a master. His work on Little Boots-Stuck On Repeat is phenominal, its one of my favorite remixes. And I also agree with the Sleepyhead decision, now that you have cleared the point, it may be a bit of a dated track regardless of when KATB cut it up into a dance floor grinder.

    Lastly, keep up the good work dude. Its blogs like yours that keep the good/quality music faithful eager and coming back.

  8. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    I do my best to not leave any of Team TBE hanging. I too have left many an un-responded-too comment and don't want to be like that. Especially if you are gonna throw some praise my way. Why not bask in that with a little comment thread, right? Haha, I kid, but seriously, your support means a lot!

  9. alain
    alain says:

    I only discovered it this past summer–great remix song-falke seems to be one of the best out there right now. I also dig the Filthy dukes remix he did that u posted a while back. great blog keep up the good work

  10. fel29
    fel29 says:

    Kelly Clarkson Vs. Ozzy Osbourne Vs. Pink Vs. Daft Punk – My Life On The Crazy Train Sucks (So What?)
    the xx–basic space (pariah remix)
    Miike Snow – Animal (Punks Jump Up Remix)

  11. Kieran
    Kieran says:

    La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream's Lets Get Ravey Mix)
    that could have made it? but otherwise a great list :)

  12. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    I gave it a few spins because everyone seemed to be looooving it last year but it just never grabbed me. I also don't think dubstep is my thing. Oh well. Thanks for the thought, though :)

  13. Jaa128
    Jaa128 says:

    Scott man how could you possibly leave out Scream's remix of La Roux's-In for the Kill? I also think that Gigamesh's remix of Cooler than me by Mike Posner, Zebo's remix of Hey Champ's Cold dust girl, and Jesse Jamz remix of Big Bills by Flostradamous were some of the best. Oh and Tits and Clits remix of We are the People.
    I figured since Scott posted on here I couldn't let him forget a couple. Brandon this is maybe my favorite blog and I dig your list. BTW how about RAC???? Man that dude is killin it!

  14. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Yeah, Gigamesh is always solid. I'll have to check out some of the other ones too. Thanks!

    Yeah, RAC just knows what he is doing. Straight up. It's been interesting to follow him for a bit now and see his style evolve, etc.

    Thanks for the love, Jaa128! I'm glad you are digging these jams as much as me!!

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  16. anonymouse
    anonymouse says:

    Stumbled across this blog last week and its been my saviour during the crunch end-of-semester period. I go through phases of music that does it for me, and lately it’s been electro-pop/remixes akin to the tracks you mention here, so I feel like I’ve struck gold – thanks!!

    Looking forward to the 2010 lists!

  17. anonymouse
    anonymouse says:

    Stumbled across this blog last week and its been my saviour during the crunch end-of-semester period. I go through phases of music that does it for me, and lately it’s been electro-pop/remixes akin to the tracks you mention here, so I feel like I’ve struck gold – thanks!!

    Looking forward to the 2010 lists!

  18. WaltRibeiro
    WaltRibeiro says:

    The Andres Anjos remix of Kings of Leon is awesome. I arranged their music for orchestra, and they’re a great band. Peter Bjorn and John is good too – I first heard them when I heard Young Folks!

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