The art of the remix is by no means a new one. Remixing has been around for longer than you probably realize. There’s record of remixing as far back as the 10th century, when priests composing Gregorian Chant would ‘quote’ melodic lines and even lyrics from other works. Keep in mind that this is a full 11 centuries before technology gave every Frank and Sally the ability to chop up their favorite track and proclaim it a remix.
Remixing is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting old. Some of the best tracks in recent memory have been remixes, and many artists base almost their entire careers on their ability to stitch together a mean remake. Even mash-ups (the redheaded step child of the remix) have an immense fanbase. Don’t believe me? Go to a Girl Talk show, and while you’re scrubbing your arms raw in a futile attempt to remove the glitter that has become part and parcel of your epidermis, remember that everything you heard was (at least in the most basic sense) a remix.
A good remix can make or break a track, introduce you to a new artist, or give you the perfect dancefloor anthem. Here are 20 tracks that we think should be fodder for the beat ninjas among us.
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