Keeping the countdowns rolling, this week we look back at the top 5 lockdown remixes from the artists set to brace the stages at Junction 2 next year.
Stemming from dancehall and disco roots of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the remix has always been a staple of the dancefloor. Whether an edit of the structure, a flip of the vocals or a complete strip down of the bare essentials, it allows producers to let their imaginations run wild creating bridges between opposing genres, styles and moods. A potent creative tool that has gifted some of the most treasured club tracks ever. Here are our top 5 remixes of the past few months.
Continuing to grow from strength to strength, Jossy Mitsu has had another standout year, despite the lockdown. Kicking off 2020 with an impressive production debut on Astral Black’s Frass FM compilation, the Rinse FM resident was one of the stars of J2v Virtual Festival with a dazzling set supporting industry heavyweights Maceo Plex and Âme. Going deep, dark and dubby on a rework of Elkka’s 2019 hit, ‘Breathe’, Jossy Mitsu laid down some serious bass weight for her second release to break into the top 5 of our favourite lockdown remixes.
Faithless made a triumphant return in October with their first album in 10 years. Although missing the iconic vocals of former frontman Maxi Jazz, the 12 track LP still carries the distinct sonic footprint of the band, merging dreamy dancefloor bliss with thought-provoking, conscious lyrics from poet, Suli Breaks, and singer/songwriter, Nathan Ball. The biggest success of the return of Faithless, however, was the mouth-watering partnership with electronic virtuoso and melodic mastermind, Maceo Plex. Taking the delicate piano line from ‘Synthesizer’, the Ellum boss produced a forward-thinking, euphoric masterclass with an otherworldly flip of the lead single.
Something we never dreamed about or thought of, but now that it’s here we can’t get enough of it. Midland has pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the year, with a collaboration that on the face of it, seemed something that would never gel. But, being the wizard that he is, the Graded Records boss managed to take pop megastar Dua Lipa’s charting hit, ‘Pretty Please’, and reinvent it as an infectious, playful, underground club smash. A perfect example of the distant bridges that can be crossed through the remix format.
It’s not often we see three heavyweights collide in the electronic music world and perhaps an even rarer sight is an official remix from Jon Hopkins. Deconstructing Flume and Toro y Mois’ electro-indie classic, ‘The Difference’, the Grammy nominated powerhouse shot it into the stratosphere with an endlessly intricate visceral sonic splatter of elation, ecstasy and enchantment. A top track that deserves the big stage, we hope Jon Hopkins brings this to life in his live show at Junction 2 next year.
Back in February, Dan Snaith aka Caribou released his incredible tenth studio album, ‘Suddenly’. A true modern classic, the LP saw the acclaimed Canadian producer explore new horizons while still keeping an experimentative, club focused edge to his distinct palette. The biggest track on the album was, of course, the timeless, sun-kissed single, ‘Never Come Back’, for which Dan later enlisted long-time friend, collaborator and fellow music juggernaut, Four Tet, for an official rework. Turning the floaty, warm, melody-rich hit into a warped, after-hours, squelching techno banger, Four Tet delivered an absolute stunning edit, clinching the number 1 spot of our top 5 lockdown remixes.