Last month Zeds Dead & Omar Linx, the true pioneers of letting hip-hop and heavy electronic music exist so organically together, gave away their stems on Beatport to spark a remix contest. Now the raging rapids of contest submissions have arrived. To help sort through all of them, the Ninja staff have highlighted our top five of the week. The contest relies heavily on voting and play count, so make sure to take some time to go over to Beatport and show your favorite track some love.
Starting off this Top 5 we highlight an artist that is very familiar around these parts, Butch Clancy. This remix is let loose over a DnB pattern that allows for the hip-hop flow and electronic power to work heavenly together. The opening of this track starts out with a haunting synth line over Omar’s verse, but soon the flood gates open with Clancy revealing his scintillating dosage of spastic glitch. To hear the rest of the song and vote for the Butch Clancy remix click on here to be sent over to Beatport play.
Cowboy (Butch Clancy Remix) (Clip)
Next up is the Michael White remix; he takes a very different approach. This track is covered with a mad amount of electro sting. It is masterfully transformed from a 88 BPM heavy Dubstep track into a fast hitting electro house anthem. Thrashing and smashing his way through the original with pure electro beef, you hear a unique remix that stomps itself through your speakers from start to end. To hear the rest of the song and vote for the Michael White remix click here to be sent over to Beatport play.
Cowboy (Michael White Remix) (Clip)
Remixing a track is about balancing the combination of the original piece of work and the revisionist’s new ideas. F.O.O.L. have managed to conquer that balance. The filth and heaviness that define the original are offset by the uplifting, energy-building sounds that surround Omar’s lyrics. Using stunning harmonies throughout the entire song makes it a true contender. To vote for the F.O.O.L. remix click here to be sent over to Beatport play.
Cowboy (F.O.O.L Remix)
Showing how 112 BPM can hang with best of them, Mob Device defines just how electro house can still run amok even at a slower tempo. The song opens up with an old school R&B soul vibe that flows supremely with Omar’s words. Once the track opens up, it reveals an irresistible synth line that samples the original, while letting the glitches prevail. To hear the rest of the song and vote for it click here to be sent over to Beatport play.
Cowboy (Mob Device 112 bpm Remix)
Rounding out the Top 5 for this week is the invincible Clark Kent remix. What a strong way to finish off this post! A staggering build up defines what happens for the next few minutes after you press play. The rising tension is soon replaced by a drop smeared all over with a quick hitting glitch. Masterfully resting the lyrics between all the chaos going on in gives this remix an irresistible dynamic edge. To hear the rest of the song and vote for the Clark Kent remix click here to be sent over to beatport play.
Cowboy (Clark Kent Remix) (Clip)