Mixtape: Bay Area Artists, Remixing and Remixed (Podcast #304)

All too frequently, remixes are just okay, but when they are great, they’re really something special. A truly great remix can shed new light on the original artist’s work and stand on its own as a unique creation. That’s no easy feat, either, given the tension between staying true to an original song’s components and a reworker’s desire to create something new and personal.

These days, it feels far too easy to get remix fatigue. Reworkings seem to pop up almost immediately after original songs are released, and they can come in such a volume that it can be a challenge to separate the excellent from mediocre.

This mixtape attempts to do just that, highlighting twenty recent songs showcasing San Francisco Bay Area artists getting remixed, Bay Area artists doing the remixing, or, in most cases included here, both. It’s a freewheeling collection that includes a wide variety of exciting local talents.

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Track Listing:

Naytronix – “Baby Don’t Walk Away (Yalls Remix)”
Mwahaha – Sleep Deep (Odd Nosdam Remix)
Relgious Girls – “OG (Meth Dad Remix)”
Tussle – “Morituri Te Salutant (Alexander Hacke Remix)”
James & Evander – “Living the Dream (Courtship Remix)”
Exray’s – “Yellow Light (Shigeto Remix)”
Hello Handsome – “Big Deal (Shortcircles Remix)”
How to destroy angels_ – “Ice Age (The Soft Moon Remix)”
Young Prisms – “Floating in Blue (Violens Remix)”
Fuzz – “Fuzz’s Fourth Dream (Al Lover Remix)”
Sunbeam Rd. – “Forum (Bubblegum Crisis Remix)”
B. Hamilton — “Gold Tooth” (Parentz Remix)
Bogan Via – “Kanye (Geographer Remix)”
Tycho – “Dive (Keep Shelly In Athens Remix)”
Giraffage & XXYYXX – “Even Though (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)”
Lo-Fi-Fnk – “Shut The World Out (Friendzone Remix)”
Blackbird Blackbird – “Keep It Up (Distal Remix)”
Perfume – “Computer City (Giraffage Remix)”
Seatraffic – “Superficial Heart (YR SKULL Remix)”
Trails and Ways – “Border Crosser (The Seshen Remix)”