While every single blog in the blogosphere are playing the waiting game when it comes to the much talked about remix of MGMT’s Kids, it’s getting harder and harder to find ways to pass the time. So how should I spend my time, you might ask? Well, to build expectations a little more (it’s hard, isn’t it?) I decided to have a look at the massive back-catalogue of Soulwax’s remixes to remind you of the best mixes from the Belgian duo. So until Kids blows your mind, enjoy a trip down memory lane.
7: The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix)
We start out with the most recent Soulwax remix; a 7 minute monstrous version of The Chemical Brothers’ Hey Boy, Hey Girl. This track climbs and climbs till the point where you can’t really believe it anymore. The original track is close to being a classic, but Soulwax still manage to breathe new life into it.
The Chemical Brothers on Myspace
6: Justice – Phantom Pt. II (Soulwax Remix)
I don’t really know if this can be labelled as a proper remix, things are basically just taken from loud to even louder here. But Soulwax prove that they’ve been in the business for a while and they manage to put some structure into Justice’s chaotic universe. Also, the silent-to-epic climax part halfway through the track is huuuuge!
Justice on Myspace
5: Robbie Williams – Lovelight (Soulwax Ravelight Dub)
Robbie Williams has been associated with clichés and mediocrity for a long time, and it isn’t the most obvious choice of a remix, but the result speaks for itself. Taking a rather blunt pop song and transforming it into nothing short of a rave monster is truly an achievement! Williams’ role is relatively small in this, but who cares about that when Soulwax are determined to take your party beyond all limits. Huge is still the only word I can think of.
Robbie Williams on Myspace
4: The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (2008 Soulwax Remix)
I find it hard to imagine exactly how you may feel if one of the biggest bands of the world asked you to remix them. Naturally The Rolling Stones are pretty serious about their music (they even had a representative present during the making of the remix), but I like to imagine that this remix represents everything the Stones would have liked to be today. Just terribly funky and groovy..
The Rolling Stones on Myspace
3: LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous! (Soulwax Remix)
The original version of Get Innocuous is pretty hard to beat. A track building through almost endless repetition taking listeners on a journey in space and time. That being said, Soulwax killed this remix beyond my wildest hopes and dreams. The build-up is still there, but when this track takes off things just go nuts.
LCD Soundsystem on Myspace
2: Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor (Soulwax Dub)
I’ve been fond of tracks on the edge between the hardcore bangery stuff and the more melancholic stuff. On this track, Soulwax show exactly why they are regarded as top notch remixers. Created only with very few elements from the original track they add both nerve and intensity to this track and the climax just tears the place apart.
Hot Chip on Myspace
1: Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow (Soulwax Remix)
New rave is dead and has been for a long time. But does that mean that you can’t have fun with sirens and insane tracks? Of course not, and Soulwax gives an outstanding lesson in how to party hard on this track. I don’t really have much to say about this one, other than the fact that it always makes me dance in the most absurd ways. I hope you would like to dance with me on this one