Back late Thursday night with another smash hit to discuss: Bruno Mars – “Treasure”. This one actually took me a little bit by surprise. I never really expected it to blow up as a huge as it did. Regardless, it’s a great thing that there are some dope remixes for this one. I’m definitely happy with the ones I’m gonna talk about, as they all keep the original feel for the most part, and allow you to choose which part of the night you wanna drop this.
1) Bruno Mars – Treasure (Audien Remix)
Just so happens that Audien is a fellow Connecticut resident as well….and it just so happens that he likely stole the show here. If you’re looking for a primetime playable club mix, this is definitely my pick. It’s a bit hard for me to describe the energy this one brings. It is different than what most of my other primetime tracks feel like…but I’m cool with that. He took a super-feel good track and it made it super-grimey while somehow still keeping it’s essence in tact — no easy feat. I will add that you do lose a little something if you drop this version as-is right after the first 16 bars. I ended up making my own edit that goes hook first, and then back into the first verse. That seems to work a lot better for me.
2) Bruno Mars – Treasure (Sharam Remix)
Sharam took a different route than Audien did, and instead provided you with a dope track to play at the part of your night when people are just starting to get on the floor. Obviously, we all know one of the golden rules of DJing is to not go super hard early, but rather gradually build into your fist pumping tunes. However, anyone who’s been doing this long enough knows it’s not all that simple. If any of you are like me, you’ve definitely been spinning and wondered, “hmmm is this a bit too mellow for this point in the night, it is early, but I feel like people want to dance.” or “Damn, this is probably a little harder than I wanted to go at this point, but I feel like people should be dancing by now.” Well, I feel like this mix is actually a can’t lose. It’s not too light where it provides no energy at all, but at the same time isn’t overpowering by any means. As I said before, perfect for getting the floor started!
3) Bruno Mars – Treasure (Cash Cash Remix)
Cash Cash is a trio from NY that’s quickly blowing up, especially after what they did to Krewella‘s “Alive”. Their remix here has gotten a lot of notice and definitely can be useful, especially if you prefer to play “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” remixes that are closer to their original speeds. This one clocks in at 122 BPM and is a bit Complextro with a small side of Dutch. This one may be tricky to sneak in, and it’s likely best suited at the end of the night for a crowd that wants to go nuts all evening and not leave on a mellow note.
4) Bruno Mars – Treasure (Bailey Smalls Remix)
This is the last I’ll post of the label remixes. Bailey Smalls did to this what Hyper Crush did to their remix of “I Love It”. This one’s perfect for the Pool Parties and other summer events — a real feel good mix. Just be aware that while it does keep the chorus, it only contains stabs of the verses. Definitely a good one to have in your library as you never know when you’ll need something like this.
5) Bruno Mars – Treasure (Cosmic Dawn Remix)
Last but definitely not least is someone who has gone from rising star to being a staple in the remix game….Norwegian producer Cosmic Dawn. (He definitely deserves a follow and should have WAY MORE than 200 Twitter followers!!) Here he drops a remix that’s well suited for either starting or ending the night…and since the song is pretty intact, will definitely have your crowd singing along without a hitch. This a nice extended version that’s 128 BPM and features a dope little build-up at 24 Bars in, that really tricks the crowd into not noticing the energy dip as you transition into this feel good pop tune. Awesome job by Cosmic Dawn here, giving a lot of DJs just the mix they were looking for.
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