Top Remixes That Are Better Than the Original — Part 2

Updated on February 25, 2020
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Born in Melbourne, Australia, Charlie is an avid music fan whose music collection and taste spans a wide range of genres.

Once in while, a remix comes along that lifts the original track to another level. Sometimes a remix maintains everything great about the original, yet beefs it up for the clubs. Other times, the remix becomes something entirely different, with the remixer creating a completely new structure, using the stems of the original track in a variety of ways. There is a blurry line between what is a remix and what is a cover (or version). Whatever a remix is, it doesn’t really matter. The point is, the original track is not always better.

In this article, I present 10 fantastic remixes that are generally preferred to the original among fans. Most of the songs on this list (Part 2) fall roughly under the umbrella of indie electro. Vote for your favourite at the end!

Top Remixes That Are Better Than The Original - Part 2

1. Crystal Castles - Air War (CFCF Remix)

2. Crystal Castles - Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs HEALTH)

3. Faker - This Heart Attack (Grafton Primary Remix)

4. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks (Fred Falke Extended Remix)

5. Röyksopp - Remind Me (Someone Else's Radio Mix)

6. Inner Life - Ain't No Mountain High Enough (The Garage Version) [or Larry Levan Mix]

7. The Cribs - Men's Needs (CSS Remix)

8. Liars - It Fit When I Was a Kid (Crystal Castles Re-Mix)

9. Justice vs Simian - We are Your Friends

10. Tilly and the Wall - The Freest Man (CSS Remix)

1. Crystal Castles — “Air War” (CFCF Remix)

Remix Release Year: 2008

Original Release Year: 2006

Crystal Castles had a major music influence on the indie electro scene. When the genre was booming, remixes of their songs were being posted on blog sites on a weekly basis from people nobody had heard of. One of those people was CFCF (aka. Michael Silver), an underrated producer in my opinion. The original Air War is great, but the CFCF remix is an all time great. Taken from the Untrust Us EP/Compilation, at the time of writing is selling for $243 on Discogs.

2. Crystal Castles — “Crimewave” (Crystal Castles vs HEALTH)

Remix Release Year: 2007

Original Release Year: 2007

Originally a noise track, Ethan Kath re-worked this song into a chiptune-electro classic. In its day, there wasn’t much out there like Crimewave. In 2011, Crimewave earned a place on NME's best tracks of the last 15 years, coming in at #149. Not exactly a remix but anyway.

3. Faker — “This Heart Attack” (Grafton Primary Remix)

Remix Release Year: 2008

Original Release Year: 2008

The first time I heard this song was at the Hot Barbecue festival in Melbourne on New Year's Day in 2008. The Bang Gang deejays were on decks duties in between live sets, pumping out a bit of Faker's music (just with a bit more electro to it). If you get around to listening to it, you won’t be disappointed. Grafton are a very talented group and this is one remix that's truly worth your time.

4. Grizzly Bear — “Two Weeks” (Fred Falke Extended Remix)

Remix Release Year: 2009

Original Release Year: 2009

Fred Falke is great at remixes and he has a tonne of them. His remix of Grizzly Bear’s ‘Two Weeks’ turned the indie rock gem into a superb dance tune. This one is perfect for the loved-up festival crowd.

5. Röyksopp — "Remind Me" (Someone Else's Radio Mix)

Remix Release Year: 2002

Original Release Year (album version): 2001

Many will disagree with this entry to the list, because the original is so good. I had always believed this version was all Röyksopp, since it was placed as Track 1 on the single release. However, it was “Someone Else” (pardon the pun), who really nailed the remix. The cool repeating vocal “remind remind remind me” doesn’t feature in the original.

6. Inner Life — “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” (The Garage Version) [or Larry Levan Mix]

Remix Release Year: 1981

Original Release Year: 1981

The genre is not exactly on trend with the rest of this article, but I had to fit Larry Levan into Part 1 or Part 2. The long-time resident of the infamous Paradise Garage was a pioneer of the remix and this is one for the ages. If anyone has a link to the original 07:32 version please post in the comments.

7. The Cribs — “Men's Needs” (CSS Remix)

Remix Release Year: 2006

Original Release Year: 2007

CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy) were another group that frequently featured on blog sites between 2005-2008 when the indie-electro scene went ballistic. Every Tom, Dick and Harry was a DJ, and it was commonplace to get away with playing 128 kbps mp3’s in the clubs. The original ‘Men’s Needs’ is a nice indie rock number, but the CSS remix lifts it to club friendly without losing anything.

8. Liars — “It Fit When I Was a Kid” (Crystal Castles Re-Mix)

Remix Release Year: 2007

Original Release Year: 2005

Yep, its Crystal Castles again with another remix/version that is very different to the original. The original Liars’ track is not likely to be audible for most people, the remix however is probably more palatable. The trademark synths and bass kick that everyone loves are obvious: - the sample that sounds like munchkins singing and skipping down the yellow brick road earns Crystal Castles another entry in this list.

9. Justice vs Simian — “We are Your Friends”

Remix Release Year: 2006

Original Release Year: 2002

This is one song not classified as a remix even though it definitely is. The original, although not nearly as popular, is ‘Never Be Alone’ by the band Simian. The remix really got things moving for Justice, who seemed to explode shortly after. Of note, the Justice version won best video at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.

10. Tilly and the Wall — “The Freest Man” (CSS Remix)

Remix Release Year: 2009 (officially?)

Original Release Year: 2006

During the electroclash storm, it was common to see remixes of folky indie pop rock (eg. Tegan and Sara type music). Another noteworthy contribution from CSS was their remix of ‘The Freest Man’ by Till and The Wall. This is another fine example where most things good about the original have been retained, but the track is beefed up to be workable for indie dance floors.

What is your favourite remix from this list?

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