1. Lion Babe – “Treat You Like Fire (Star Slinger Bootleg Mix)”
While “Treat You Like Fire” is a very appropriate name for this song, I doubt Lion Babe had anything to do with it. In fact, you would think that Star Slinger was involved right from the get-go. In typical fashion, Williams brings the heat by slapping on a club-oriented beat to the original, raising the tempo, and—in the process—raising the roof. From the beginning, it is very apparent that this is the work of Darren Williams: the crackling of a record, the speedy bassline, and the snapping of fingers. Hell, his name is practically plastered across this remix.
2. BANKS – “Change (The Chainsmokers Hot & Steamy Edit)”
Words can’t begin to describe the sensation I felt when I first heard this remix… But let’s just say The Chainsmokers labeled it a “Hot & Steamy Edit” for a reason. By combining the warm and sultry vocals of BANKS, the steady progression of a piano, and the airy undertone of some house beats, The Chainsmokers captured my heart with one clean sweep. And while they may have made this remix with this intent of “sticking it” to a promoter, they ended up creating one of the best deep house tracks of the year in the process. Maybe it’s time to test these boys a little more often…
3. Raleigh Ritchie – “Stay Inside (Bear//Face Remix)”
It’s very hard to do a single justice in three minutes, but even under this constraint Bear//Face managed to push all our buttons. By stripping the original down to its core, the Irish producer left himself a gorgeous set of vocals to work with—and what he did with them is something special. Remixes don’t typically evoke emotion from the listener, but this is undoubtedly an exception. With Ritchie‘s luscious, heartfelt voice to front it, and McDonald’s weightless production to backdrop, it’s the musical equivalent of a warm fireplace on a cold winter’s night.
4. The 1975 – “Girls (The Knocks Remix)”
If The Knocks had to compress their entire music career into one song, the end result would likely be very similar to their remix of “Girls.” By bringing together The 1975’s radio-ready single with a bit of that nu-disco flavour, the duo have made an unbearably catchy remix that verges on the point of excess. Call it electronic or call it pop, either way, it’s still one big earworm at the end of the day.
5. AlunaGeorge – “Outlines (Pat Lok ‘Crayola’ Edit)”
AlunaGeorge could really use some more “spunk”… said no one. EVER. Seriously, of all the pop artists that blew up last year, AlunaGeorge were far and above the best—god knows they had enough insatiable dance tunes to go around. So why would Pat Lok give “Outlines” a crafty electronic remix, you ask? Well, I can only assume it was for the fun of it. He has a nasty habit of whipping up funky disco edits, and of all those he made throughout 2013, this was undoubtedly his best.
6. Atlas Genius – “If So (Magic Man Remix)”
Magic Man had no trouble making a name for themselves in the indie community this year, but they had a bit of trouble breaking into the EDM scene. With their sensationally catchy remix of Atlas Genius though, the group proved they were more than a one-trick pony, snagging a highly sought-after position on Sirius XM’s dance music channel, BPM. Once there, their remix shot off like a rocket and was soon listed alongside the Tiëstos and Hardwells. The rest was history.
7. Panama – “Always (Wave Racer Remix)”
If you had any underlying heart conditions that you didn’t know about going into 2013, then you can be sure that Wave Racer‘s seizure-inducing remix of “Always” brought them out by the end of the year. Whether it was the arpeggiated beats, glittering synths, or those chanting vocal samples, something about it was just so irresistible. Sure it may not be for everyone, but given enough time, even the haters have to agree: this is one energetic slice of electro-pop.
8. Daft Punk – “Random Access Memories (Vanderway Edit)”
As you may recall, there was a point in 2013 when Daft Punk was all the rage. They were the talk of the town, and before they had even released a full song, they had producers going mad with anticipation. So much so, some of them took it upon themselves to whip up their own rendition based on leaks. While there were many top-notch productions like this making the rounds in 2013, Vanderway‘s cool and super sleek edit was an obvious standout.
9. Jeremih – “Rated R (The Masterpiece) [Bear//Face Bootleg Edit]”
If you don’t have the proper equipment, then you have NO business listening to Bear//Face‘s monstrous remix of “Rated R (The Masterpiece).” Ok, maybe that’s a bit brash. But I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t require a beast of a speaker system to get the full effect of this floor-shaking bootleg. It really was the year of bass, and Ciaran McDonald proved that with this hot-button remix.
10. Le Youth – “C O O L (Henry Krinkle Remix)”
For Henry Krinkle, “Stay” has proved to be more of a curse than a blessing. Coming into 2013, it seemed as though he would be haunted by the unforeseen success of the highly immersive single. But with one sleek remix, Krinkle was able to save himself before 2013 consumed him whole—like it did to many of his counterparts. While it was still hot off the presses, Krinkle spiced up Le Youth‘s cabana-ready single “C O O L” with an insatiable mixture of beats and synths. It was smart, sophisticated, and totally fresh—the perfect remix to help us kick off our summer.
11. Rae Morris – “From Above (Jack Steadman Remix)”
12. Bondax – “You’re So (Star Slinger Remix)”
13. Cashmere Cat – “With Me (Stwo Remix)”
14. Cat Power – “Manhattan (Ryan Hemsworth Remix feat. Angel Haze)”
15. Drake – “Girls Love Beyonce (SBTRKT Edit)”
16. James Blake – “Voyeur (Bear//Face Remix)”
17. Phoenix – “Trying to Be Cool (A-Trak Remix)”
18. Disclosure feat. Alunageorge – “White Noise (Hudson Mohawke Remix)”
19. The Hood Internet – “Suit And Commercial (Justin Timberlake x Daft Punk)”
20. Marvin Gaye – “Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix)”
21. The Hood Internet – “Mirror Vibe (Kendrick Lamar x Cashmere Cat)”
22. Cassie – “Me & You (Kappa Kavi Remix)”
23. Justin Timberlake – “Suit and Tie (KRANE Remix)”
24. Azealia Banks – “ATM Jam feat. Pharrell (Kaytranada Edition)”
25. Rudimental feat. Angel Haze – “Hell Could Freeze (Skream Remix)”