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Is it ever acceptable to remix a classic?

Set highlight or set killer?

  • Funster
  • 9 March 2017

Your favourite new track has been doing the rounds for a few months and you get a shiver down your spine whenever you hear it in the rave. Then comes some amazing news: there's a remix package coming out and you're going to get three new reworks of a banger you just can't get enough of. Remixes are a tricky one though.

Sometimes they sound much better than the OG mix, sometimes they're a functional edit and sometimes you're left with a bitter taste in your mouth because the producer who's taken charge has mauled your personal fave. This is standard procedure for all new releases but classic tracks should be protected from the perils of a remix. Unfortunately, they're not.

Is it ever really acceptable to remix a classic? We're talking stone-cold legendary tunes, the ones you can ID without even thinking after one or two beats, the stuff that is the holy grail of electronic music.

Take 'Blue Monday' for example. The New Order classic is undoubtedly one of the most instantly recognisable tracks in dance music history and it goes without saying it still absolutely bangs in a club. There are several remixes of this track floating about online but the version that's split people right down the middle is Eric Prydz's monumental re-imagining.

Despite not having an official release, the remix is a staple of his sets and is a crowd favourite. It's a churning beast with little in the way of subtly and teases a drop for an achingly long period before it finally explodes. One version of it is taken from Prydz's Epic 4.0 show and it comes complete with a sample of 'Harder Better Faster Stronger' thrown in for good measure.

Some people have fallen absolutely in love with it, posting comments on the YouTube video like "WOW! I'm nerdgasming here" and "Holyyyyy epic drooop". But some people haven't taken kindly to the hyperactive remix, with "what a heap of shit!" and "this really really sucks big time" popping up in defence of the original.

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