Updated Classics: Top 12 Reboots of 2015
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
With Avicii’s horrific desecration of the Faithless classic “Insomnia” being released, let’s recommend some 2015 reboots that are far superior.
Ummet Ozcan - “Lose Control” - [SPINNIN]
With tracks like “Show Me Love” by Sam Feldt, “On a Ragga Tip” by My Digital Enemy, and “Renegade Mastah” by Hi-Lo, this list could have easily been all releases from Spinnin Records. For sheer creativity, let’s go with “Lose Control” by Ummet Ozcan. Choosing the Hi-NRG/techno classic “Music is Movin” by Fargetta as source material is brilliant. The title and lyrics like “Losing my feeling” are so universal that they have been reworked so many times over the years. Unmet turns in a thumping house track with more than enough energy for the big rooms. What makes the track brilliant is how he cleverly includes nods to the roots of both house music (a keyboard hook from Marshall Jefferson’s “Move Your Body”), and his cultural background (Turkish-inspired synths sprinkled throughout). “Lose Control” is going to be a track for the summer festival season.
Robyn Schulz - “Sugar” - [ULTRA]
Built around the chorus of Baby Bash’s “Suga Suga,” Robyn Schulz created a melodic house update with new verses that keep the vibe of the original. If you know the Baby Bash version, it is just difficult to imagine the thought process behind the record. Then again, the grooves are so addictive that there really isn’t that much thought required.
Zenbi ft Rachael Starr - “Mad World” - [PORNOSTAR]
Originally a breakthrough UK chart hit for Tears for Fears, "Mad World" has been covered by artists as varied as Michael Andrews and Gary Jules (on the Donnie Darko soundtrack) and trance pop DJ Pulsedriver. Getting ready for summer, producer Zenbi mixes groovy house and a throbbing bassline. Rachael Starr delivers an understated yet emotional vocal which fits the diffuse and dreamy lyrics.
W&W - “The One” - [MAINSTAGE] and Duke Dumont “I Got U” - [BLASE BOY CLUBS/VIRGIN/EMI]
Here's the concept: take a few lines from a Whitney Houston classic and build a club anthem around it. Both W&W and Duke Dumont succeeded with excellent executions in different genres. W&W uses a bit of “How Will I Know” for a prime time electro banger. Duke Dumont built a sexy house track over a reworking of “My Love is Your Love.” Both are creative and update the music of the legendary diva for a new generation.
DBN vs Jordan Ferrer - "Gotta Get Thru This 2015" - [MIXMASH]
A remix of a cover of a hit that came out of nowhere, is that redundant? Daniel Bedingfield's DIY take of garage and two-step "Gotta Get Through This" broke from the clubs and became a pop hit around the world. The song was just so instant, immediate and universal that ten years seemed like the perfect time for a cover, so DBN brought in Oni Sky in 2012 for an electro take. Fast forward to 2015 and with future house being all the range, a rerub with the current sound by Jordan Ferrer is gaining massive support everywhere. Oni Sky sounds good on the vocals and much respect goes to Laidback Luke and his team for getting this song out there for a new generation to enjoy.
SNBRN ft Kaleena Zanders - “California Love” - [ULTRA]
Although released online in 2014, the buzz has steadily built on this track. Taking the classic west coast hip-hop anthem “California Love” and turning it into a chilled-vibe house record required some real creative vision. Replacing the rapped lines with diva vocals just takes it completely over the top. Kudos to SNBRN for creating a true summer anthem about the hottest state imaginable.
3Lau & Nom De Strip ft Estelle - The Night - [REVEALED]
To cover Corona's eurodance classic "The Rhythm of the Night" is not the most original idea, especially since Cascada did it a few years ago and then Bastille had a hit by mashing it up with Snap's "Rhythm is a Dancer." How this idea occurred to rising electro producer 3lau and deadmau5 protégé Nom De Strip would be interesting to find out, as it is so commercial that it seems outside their wheelhouse (take a listen to "We Like to Bang" or "The Game" for an idea of what their normal sound is). The resulting production ends up being a big room monster, championed by Hardwell, who signed it to his label, and sounding completely of the moment with banging energy leading to the dramatic drop down of the verse. British R&B songstress Estelle is no stranger to dance music (dig up David Guetta's "One Love" for a reminder) and her performance elevates the track from what could have been a mindless cover to a substantial floorfiller.
Lost Frequencies - "Are You With Me" - [BEARDED MAN/ARMADA/ULTRA]
The chilled out vibe of "Are You With Me" has been percolating for a few months. Originally released in November, the hybrid of chillout and deep house is not exactly trop, but vibey enough to fit. What makes the song special is the authentic country feel, which comes from the original song sampled by Easton Corbin. On initial release, the song topped the chart in Belgium, and the plethora of remixes have made it big all around the world.
Rescue - Here and Now - [GUESTHOUSE]
So many of the '90s house revival tracks are focused on the sounds from the earlier part of the decade. “Here and Now” brings in the later '90s sound of bounce house (Sharp Boys and Armand Van Helden) for this update of Lumidee’s dancehall/reggae classic “Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh).” Yeah, some of the samples border on cheese, but the overall vibe is just so energetic that you can’t help but sing-along.
Preditah - "Selecta" - [3 BEAT]
Grime artist Preditah steps into the garage realm with a faithful update of Artful Dodger's 2-Step classic ”Re-Rewind." Sampling one line of Craig David lyrics ("When the crowd says bo, rewind selecta") over a modern garage house track, it is a metaphor for the house revival. People want more house music, so DJ play it again. On the remix tip, check out the sick drum and bass mixes by Majestic and Dexcell as well as the emotional take by Cahill
The Scene Kings ft Sophia May - “Don’t Stop Movin” - [TAZMANIA]
Covering “Dreamer” would be too obvious, so radio mixshow DJs The Scene Kings decided to take on a different Living Joy classic: “Don’t Stop Movin.” Elements of the the original Visnadi production are reworked with a 2015 vibe and enhanced by the strong vocal performance by Sophia May.
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