At about the halfway point of 2013, our friends over at DopeMusicBlog.com put together a list of the best remixes of 2013 so far.
2013 has been an incredible year for music thus far. The advancements of the internet along with social media has made it relatively easy for up and coming artists from all over the world to spread their music. With that being said we have been blessed with a bunch of remixes, bootlegs, reworks, etc so far this year. Being an avid fan of everything music I decided to compile my top 10 favorite remixes that I have stumbled across this year. The shear amount of great records that have dropped made this a difficult task, there were certainly a few that got left off that I may later on regret ommitting. Having too much good music to chose from is never a bad thing. The power of remixes is undeniable. It introduces fans to artists and producers they might not have had an opportunity to listen to otherwise. Remember, this is strictly my opinion so feel free to let me know some records you think I overlooked or simply bash my list for your own satisfaction. Enjoy.
Kendrick Lamar ft. Young Jeezy "Westside, Right On Time" (Urban Noise Remix)
Miami based duo Urban Noize recently took on Kendrick Lamar and Young Jeezy's collaborative track "Westside, Right On Time." The result is a refreshing new record. The addition of haunting horns, a more aggressive snare and a new drum pattern flips this track on it's head. This record makes me envision Tony Montana smoking a Cuban cigar at a club in South Beach.
Rihanna "Stay" (Branchez Remix)
New York City up and coming producer Branchez decided to "bootleg" Rihanna's wildly popular single "Stay." He tweaks the vocals, adds some bass and various other elements that give the track a "trap" feel. Branchez shows that "trap music" isn't all about "turning up in the club" or whatever other stigmas that are associated with the budding genre.
Future "Karate Chop" (Caleb Stone Remix)
Budding Los Angeles based producer Caleb Stone reworks Future's "Karate Chop" for his latest "bootleg." This remix is light years ahead of the original in terms of structure, various layers of sounds used throughout and overall production. The contrast between the airy feel of the production and the drug dealing element of the lyrics is perfect. This has the feeling of something that will be played at barbecues and kick backs across the country this summer.
Danny Brown "Blunt After Blunt" (Simon SMTHNG Remix)
anny Brown's music seems to be a favorite for producers to remix. His raunchy rhymes are full of sex, drugs, and more sex; combine that with his one of a kind vocals and you have an extemely unique piece of work. The opening line to this track "Blunt After Blunt" goes "kush got a n*gga feeling awesome, ate that bitch p*ssy till she squirted like a dolphin." That is the epitome of a majority of Brown's music. Up and coming producer Simon SMTHNG decided to try his hand at remixing this weed anthem. The Charlotte native adds sinister synths and heavy drums that give the remix an entirely new sound.
Lana Del Rey "Summertime Sadness" (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Ryan Hemsworth has emerged as one of the most promising DJs & producers out right now. Both his remixes and original productions have garnered praise from fans and bloggers alike. One of his standout tracks of the year thus far was his remix of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness." Hemsworth tweaks Del Rey's beautiful vocals, picks up the BPM, and adds an additional layer of sounds that makes the song feel more upbeat and appropriate for summertime. Hemsworth brings an element of fluidity that the original seemed to be lacking. With that being said, the original is still a solid piece and has its time and place.