Some classic House sounds right here from Boston producer Dusty Digital as he sets to work turning-in this retro dancefloor version of SynthPop legends Pet Shop Boys’ It’s Alright. He’s morphed the anthemic Pop of the original into a glossy, seven minute, warehouse epic that just keeps on going and going, building and building.
Serving up heavy beats and a thick, Italo-esque bassline, alongside an infectious Piano hook. Dusty Digital creates an authentic early 90s House Pop sound which feels in-keeping with the song (which saw a 1989 release). Once he;’s let the original song play itself out, however, Dust then descend into a total synthesizer freak out, a cosmic voyage through soaring solos, all still set to the Chicago House style backing. It’s a track of two halves, both of them awesome.
♫ The Pet Shop Boys – It’s Alright (Dusty Digital reMix)
We don’t hate reMix competitions. Actually, that’s a lie, we do hate reMix competitions and every time a new one is announced it makes us shudder. For us it means that for the next few weeks our inbox is going to be full of every Dude with a cracked copy of Abelton screaming “look at me, I’ve reMixed some big artist!”. reMix competitions seem great for the original artist, they get loads of free promotion and free reMixes, but for everyone else it’s a tiresome flood of bedroom producers almost begging you to ‘favourite’ them or ‘like’ them in the most undignified ways possible. It’s like every time an even vaguely popular artist announces a reMix competition everyone looses all self respect and turns into musical savages. We do not look forward to it, and you’ll notice that more and more blogs are starting to ignore reMix competitions and their entries. The signal to noise ratio is just too much hard work for anyone. Once an innovative way to connect with fans, reMix competitions are so frequent now they just seem like a cheap way to get a load of free PR for the artist (by essentially using the desperation of unsigned producers) and a way for producers yet to prove their mettle to feel a big special with grown-up stems.
HOWEVER (in caps, because now that our rant is over we can get on with some good music), that’s not to say that these competitions don’t produce some gems. When a talented producer gets their hands on some class stems beautiful things can happen. Some of our favourite tracks of the last couple of years have been the result of reMix competitions. There’s currently two big competitions running and today we will be rounding-up some of the best of both. First up is Kris Menace’s Kiki Twins featuring ‘We Are’. We’ve already featured Final DJs reMix a couple of weeks ago. Here’s some of the best versions to have hit our inbox. Continuing a string of awesome reMixes comes The Big C, who rightly sees a big ‘90’s House vocal where there was one and reMixes accordingly with a proper Chicago vibe and a big piano line. SynthWaver Awkoder brings a cavalcade of tom rolls to the table alongside big synth stabs and twisting leads. Mac Stanton turns in a huge club oriented track, impeccable produced and really working the Diva vocals. Something different comes from Aussie Ren Riz. Taking the track to new, deeper, places Ren keeps the ‘90’s feel but puts the track squarely in the Warehouses of the time. Lastly Dusty Digital enters a bouncy version driven by arpeggios and shimmering lead lines. See, there are some good tunes in there, it’s just so much work finding them.
♫ Kris Menace & The Kiki Twins – We Are (The Big C reMix)
♫ Kris Menace & The Kiki Twins – We Are (Awkoder reMix)
♫ Kris Menace & The Kiki Twins – We Are (Mac Stanton Highway reMix)
Dusty is developing a really interesting sound. On first listen he seems to be on Nu-Disco or Dreamwave tip, but there’s a lot more going on under the hood. In this reMix there are strong elements of both ‘80’s Pop and early ‘90’s House, in the melodies and basslines respectively, which makes for something a bit fresh sounding to compliment R3sets ethereal ElectroPop track. Dusty Digital has evoked a new atmosphere for the track, one of distance befitting the subject matter.
The cometition is really heating up in Fear Of Tigers’s ‘The Adventures Of Pippi Longsrump’ reMix wars.
Aduno So Tanie, Kelek & Dusty Digital are the latest two names to submit entries, both really high quality. Aduno has been featured on electronic rumorsbefore and here brings a really glossy synth epic. Dreamwave in the truest sense of the word, this reMix doesn’t rely on kicking drums or a Disco bass to carry it, it merely soars along on intertwining layers of lush synths and uses the vocal sample in a way we haven’t heard before. Kelek’s take on the track is an awesome head on collision between mid-80’s ElectroPop and French Touch, with an almost New Order feel to it with a Nu-Disco sheen. Kelek really makes the track his own with a melody that will stick in your head. Dusty Digital bring more of a Disco flavour to the tune with a funky little lick running throughout.