It's not uncommon for artists to breathe new life into songs with a remix — both to refresh album tracks or extend a single's chart run. A recent evolution of the trend has seen relatively minor hits from recent years find global success thanks to a nifty re-swizz. The Guyanese-American rapper and producer - real name Carlos St. John - first released the song in , but a remix by relatively unknown in the UK, at least Kazakh producer Imanbek last September has seen it find huge success across the globe. Here are a more songs that reached their full potential on the charts thanks to some behind-the-scenes tinkering. Few could've guessed that Run DMC's debut single It's Like That from would, years later, end up becoming not only one of the biggest bangers ever, but one of the best selling singles of all time. But that's what happened, thanks to Jason Nevins. The new version of It's Like That spent six weeks at Number 1 and has since gone on to be the best selling remix in UK chart history. German DJ Robin Schulz was busy in , remixing two tracks and helping both go straight in at Number 1.
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In , Sean Combs as the erstwhile "P. While the release was a chart-topper, featuring re-workings of antecedent hits from his stable of pop-rap artists, the album title itself was largely received with confusion and even derision. Who does this guy think he is? Who is 'WE? Trailblazing producers like King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry were trying to create alternate versions of the popular reggae tunes in Kingston's booming dancehall scene.
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Here are some of the best remixes of the year, proving that was a great time for banging reworked tunes. Romanian producer Paul Damixie came through with an incredible remix of Adele's comeback single 'Hello', transforming the original track into a soulful House anthem. Kanye and Paul McCartney, turning the original track's country flavour into a solid dancefloor beat. Featuring the vocals of gospel singer Shirley Caesar the track has summer anthem written all over it and MK's remix takes things a little deeper than the original with low swung keys and a defiant bass. This remix had us hooked from the offset. Morten Breum aka. Emile Sande and cranks it up a gear from the first beat. The vocals of Olly Alexander lead singer of Years and Years already have us hypnotised on single 'King' so this powerful, bouncy and somewhat magical remix of the track is a welcomed one. The soulful vocals of Tamara Wallace aren't compromised in this remix of Oscar G's 'What You Need' as Denney spins the track into a web of dark beats and dopey baselines. This remix from Koven turns the original chilled house sound of the new Kokiri track 'Retrospect' into a pumping DnB floor-filler.
The remix is a great thing. Over and out. Flora Yin-Wong. Natalie Davies. Joe King.