MAHALO, DISCO KILLERZ and BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Tongue Tied” (Danny Quest and Frank Pole remixes)
RAT CITY and KIESZA, “Naked (With My Headphones On)” (Tungevaad, VIDA and Blinkie remixes)
I’m a firm believer that in some cases official remixes can improve on a good song’s success. Here we have two cases that clearly support what I believe.
L.A.-based Mahalo is extremely prolific and with a song like “So Cold” becoming such a major dance radio hit last year, it’s important that every release since that one must stand out. Despite the talent in partnership with Disco Killerz and EMAN8 (billed as Brandyn Burnette), two remixes of “Tongue Tied” actually add more to enhance the original song. Florida’s Danny Quest pumps up the rhythm with an arrangement that enhances Brandyn’s vocal (above). And Italy’s Frank Pole lends a Eurohouse vibe that will assuredly draw dancers to the club floor (below).
“Naked (With My Headphones On)” is such a strong song by Norway’s Rat City with my immensely talented fellow Canadian Kiesza singing it, and it has endured through social media since its release last Fall. A trio of remixes is definitely helping to reboot the song’s infectious appeal. Norway’s Tungevaad brings a European trance flavour to the proceedings in a shorter, tighter version of the song (above). London’s Blinkie offers similar sped up trance-y vibes while newcomer ZIDA focuses on Kiesza’s vocal and strengthens the pop appeal of the song (both are below).
If you checked out and loved the originals of “Tongue Tied” and “Naked (With My Headphones On)” then do yourself a favour and listen to the remixes too!