The standout track of my new Madchester Monday night was Paul Oakenfold‘s remix of “W.F.L. (Wrote For Luck)” by the Happy Mondays (re-titled “W.F.L. (Think About The Future Mix)”).
This remix of “Just the Way You Are”—from Bruno Mars’ debut album, Doo Wops & Hooligans—brings the pop R&B of the original into the disco.
The progressive house remix of Yeah Yeah Yeahs breakout hit, “Maps” by Tommie Sunshine, CID, and Modern Machines is no longer only in the hands of the world’s most overpaid entertainers.
The MDMA-infused “Our Love” by Caribou is celebratory, like the love one feels during the peak hours of a memorable night out.
Sometimes you hear a super sexy remix of a song and you’re so into it that you’ve listened to it for over 30 times in one sitting. The Snakehips remix of BANKS’ “Warm Water” is that song.
The quintessential soul survivor Bobby Womack gets a nice, thumping tribute from a-list dance floor funk producer Jayl Funk.
Halfway through my opening DJ set for Echo & the Bunnymen, I worked in “Get the Message” by Electronic, the 1991 collaboration between Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr.
Rachel Row’s “L Square” and the KiNK Mix are quality deep dance cuts with an accessibility that could easily see it’s way to the mainstream. The song really shines with hard breakbeats banging away under a floating ethereal atmospheric vibe.
I first heard Duke Dumont’s techno megaton bomb “Slow Dance” in early 2013, but it is only now seeing the light of day…
The Black Eyed Peas started out as a respectable rap group, turning out albums of inventive alternative hip-hop. The throwback vibe of the “Joints & Jam” single from their 1998 debut album Behind the Front gets an updating from Navy Shade, bringing the song right up to the present day.