In honor of me starting jury duty (or, rather, potentially being selected to be on a jury), I’m revisiting something I did the first year I did these music charts: taking one song from each month and replacing the version I choose for the chart with a different version or remix. Believe it or not, my fans, sometimes I don’t get things exactly right the first time. (Though apparently I didn’t post them the first time around… maybe I will someday…). Here’s what I came up with for 2013:
Boys Noize –
Ich R U (Jacques Lu Cont remix) Ich R U (D.I.M. remix)
I do love me some Jacques lu Cont, but this remix is pretty harsh. I like the softer, more shiny approach that D.I.M. takes. To be honest, I had to check a few times to make sure I didn’t have the remixes transposted. The Jacques lu Cont (who is famous for Madonna’s Confessions on the Dancefloor) remix sounds much more like a D.I.M. remix, and vice-versa. Oh well!
Tame Impala –
Be Above It (Light Year’s ‘Get Above It’ 909 Edit) Be Above It (Erol Alkan Rework)
I like this version so much I even included it on my November 2013 chart!
Kasper Bjørke –
Deep Is the Breath (Hannulelauri Male mix) Deep is the Breath (original mix)
A rare case where I like the original better! I think the Hannulelauri remix waters it down a bit.
Ali Love –
Emperor (feat. Kali) Emperor (Maceo Plex Last disco remix)
This is exactly why I love making this list. When I first heard the song the remixes hadn’t come out. I expected to find a remix that opened up the song a bit more, and here we are!
Rex the Dog –
Do You Feel What I Feel (Rex the Dog Pratersauna remix) Do You Feel What I Feel (Jacques Renault vocal remix)
Original I gravitated to the Rex the Dog remix because I’ve always loved the remixes he’s done. That said, and although I included it on my chart, I didn’t really really love the song the way I expected to. This Jacques Renault remix keeps the song from being a little too Rex the Dog-ish and rounds it out.
Noise Noise (Sayem Remix)
This was the most difficult. I actually love every version of every song I picked for my June chart! So here’s an interesting remix of the Toys song Noise.
Hit Me Hit Me (Cassian remix)
Another case of “I didn’t know all of the remixes out there.” This Cassian remix is much more interesting.
Quentin Quatro –
Disco Quatro (Psychemagik remix) Disco Quatro (Space Coast remix)
To be honest, I’d get a little annoyed everytime the Pyschemagik remix came on… it’s just a little too slow and relaxed. I like this Space Coast version that amps it up a bit.
Edge of Extremes (French Horn Rebellion remix) Edge of Extremes (Munk remix)
I almost went with the Munk mix of this song when I initially did the chart in September but decided to opt for the most strange/interesting French Horn Rebellion remix. Now I get a change to include the more housed-out Munk version.
I Make You Man I Make You Man (Suburban Dance Club remix)
Ohhh Telonius!! You’ve done it again! Just like July, here’s another instance of just not knowing all of the mixes. This time, though, like back in February, I included the new remix in my December 2013 chart.
Blamma! Blamma! –
Zsa Zsa (feat. Kristina Train) Zsa Zsa (Wolf + Lamb remix)
This one is difficult for a couple reasons: First, I pretty much love this remix equally with the original (but the remix adds some interesting stuff to it) And second: I haven’t had as much time to second-guess all of the choices on this chart (see also: below). So enjoy both equally.
The Deadstock 33’s –
The Circular Path (Luke Solomon remix) The Circular Path (Asphodells remix)
Like November, it was difficult to really come up with a different version of a chart that I’ve only had a few weeks listening to regularly. So like September, I’m going with another remix that I almost went with. This Asphodells remix feels warmer than the Luke Solomon take.