Feels good to be back! Obviously there’s a lot to catch up on. For those of you who have questions about our site including the big fall out between JD and I, make sure to check out our interview on The Mighty Rock-It! Scientist’s podcast “Shut Up & Talk!” For now, we’re gonna gradually get back into the swing of things here, and to start, I’m gonna catch you up with some of my favorite remixes of late.
Here are TWO dope remixes of Miley Cyrus’s latest hit that will each make you actually WANT to include this record in your sets! I really stress that I have TWO for you here, because I assume most of you have heard the first one and I wouldn’t want you to think I’m just presenting something super obvious that you’ve all been playing for the last month already.
1) Miley Cyrus ft. Jay-Z – We Can’t Stop (DJ Scooter Twerk Remix)
I remember Scooter posting on Facebook a million times about how he was working on a 100 BPM Miley remix and I was just thinking “Please hurry the fuck up!” At this point it was already getting lots of requests from girls, but there was nothing out that made this tune prime-time playable in my opinion. A few dudes did a good job with the redrums, but even heavier drums and a few extra BPMs couldn’t make this a club track. Then BOOM, Scooter finally dropped his and then I understood what had taken him so long.
When I first heard this, my reaction was “Wait, is this a label mix? I know Jay wasn’t on the original, and I hadn’t seen any official remix, so did they give Scooter some new Jay vocals to make a remix with? That would be pretty insane.” Once I heard Hov ‘s vocals from “Take You Home”, I knew exactly what Scooter did……and I was just blown away. I’ve heard people do mixes like this before where they add ad libs, but never anything to this extent. This is almost ground breaking in a way. SO PERFECT!
Scooter told me “I dug through 50 Jay-Z acapellas to find words I wanted and there’s a couple I pasted together to make (phrases) that don’t exist. ”Can’t Stop”/”Won’t Stop” is one and also “Hell No”. Plus I DIY-ed the Jay-Z record from his new album to get those “Twerk” Miley samples. A lot of background work that isn’t apparent up front. ”
Again, I can’t stress how much I was amazed by the way he pulled this off. Just so amazingly well done the way he incorporated Jay, like how he has them both say “Whoa” at the same time. Just the little things like that are done so well. And I never get fooled by these kind of things for a second, but this actually made me wonder like I said before.
Scooter said “Yeah, I wanted to find a way to tie them together and do anything I could to sell the collab. I picked that verse due to the “ass” and “Montana” references — in this case “Hannah Montana”. Just made sense to me.”
Not much more to say about this then WOW. After writing this I wanna hit up Scooter again and see how much play this has gotten. If you remember, Scooter’s no stranger to taking barely playable songs and turning them into club smashes, i.e. his remix of Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”. That one became a huge mix, and got a lot of radio play as well. I think this one is even more needed than the Rihanna was, and should be doing even better.
2) Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop (Gazzo X Kalkutta Remix) (The “Surprise Mother Fucker!” Remix)
So as huge as Scooter’s remix is to your 100BPM set….this is just the same for your uptempo set. This remix turns the mellow sounding 80BPM track into an EPIC 130BPM electro monster. Tremendous job by Gazzo and Kalkutta here….you gotta peep for yourself just to believe the transformation they gave this track!
Now, I’ve never really been an R&B dude. I’ve always been more into Hip-Hop and I think most dudes I know are the same way for the most part, especially when it comes to R&B/Pop with female vocals. Yeah I know a few guys who like Usher and Chris Brown just as much as some Hip-Hop…But I can’t really think of any who listen to Ciara, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Britney, etc. So with that said, it was always weird for me that most guys would bump house music with female vocals (Like Krewella or Florence Welch) without a second thought, but consider it sooooo wack and unmanly to listen to Kesha or Katy Perry. Now I’m not a total moron, I understand that some of the Pop music is a lot sillier than House (“Poker Face”, “So What” by Pink, etc.). But for the most part, I really don’t hear much of a difference between female pop and female vocals on house besides the production. Now that brings us to this remix. This is amazing production here so I would be curious to hear what Vocal House fans think of this. Can you honestly tell me that if you never heard the original Miley song and I told you this remix was actually a song by Firebeatz ft. Jennifer Smith that you wouldn’t like it?? As much as I don’t usually listen to stuff with female vocals, I think this sounds pretty dope and if nothing else RESPECT this mix and don’t mind playing it at all.
Oh by the way, one more thing that’s kinda important. I nicknamed it the “Surprise Mother Fucker Remix” myself. The first time I played it was right when The Russian Lady (Club I spin at in Hartford that gets PACKED) was starting to get busy. This was gonna be my final “get the girls on the dancefloor song” since they were all there by now, and I had a plan for how to attack them after this. Then I received an unexpected message from Gazzo and Kalkutta: ”Surprise mother fucker, this shit’s about to go down to 110BPM and you have about a minute to figure out what to play next. Oh and there will be no looping the outro drums since your serato read the track as 134BPM. Good luck BITCH.” I frantically tried to think of the ETC/Diplo track I used on my Rage Ride CD (Shamelessly you can download the mix HERE) that started at Moombahton and transitioned to House. I found it just in the nick of time, but it kinda changed the vibe a bit and took me a couple songs to recover from. I always preach that you should know your music before you play it, and I was guilty of not following that advice — but how could I have expected that? Anyway, you can thank me for telling you this ahead of time. (Assuming you didn’t fall asleep reading the earlier paragraph).
You can download this from either Gazzo or Kalkutta’s Soundcloud pages:
Like I said at the beginning, we’re gonna gradually get back in the swing of things here….and hopefully get a video up for next week. For now, I’m gonna try to post some dope mixes every day this week.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the 2011 Remix Report Awards on the upper left hand corner of our site banner!! (Not embarrassing at all)