GRAMMYS - 4 Remixes That Should Have Been Nominated Instead
4) JES, Shant & Clint Maximus - "Hold On"
Current Remix Nod: Fatum
Should Have Gone to: Faithless - Salva Mea 2.0 (Above & Beyond Remix)
Something you might not have guessed about me based on my review history but, I’m a huge fan of trance. There is no better feeling in the world than going on the audial journey some of these tracks can take you on, they reach an emotional level that so many other dance tracks simply don’t manage. That being said, there are a TON of cookie cutter songs out there that are all trying to mimic the sonic direction Anjunabeats has been heading in since Above & Beyond started embracing the ‘trouse’ (trance & house) sound. There isn’t anything particularly bad about Fatum’s remix of ‘Hold On,’ but I can’t tell you how many trance songs of the last few years follow this exact same structure: big electro-bass intro, followed by an airy vocal section that leads up to a huge, ecstatic, positive drop, that will then go back to the big electro-bass section. It isn’t so much about, you know, putting people into a trance anymore so much as it is fitting into the mold.
This is exactly why Above & Beyond should have been recognized for their work on remaking Faithless’ classic ‘Salva Mea.’ It’s wonderful that the trio has finally been nominated by the Grammy’s for Best Dance Recording for their hit ‘We’re All We Need,’ and maybe I’m just a Group Therapy fanboy, but their remixing abilities should not go unnoticed or unrewarded. Seemingly not paying attention to their own trends that they set with their acceptance of the trouse sound, they masterfully weave together a remix that both touches on what makes trance classics so great but also pushes the genre forward. It doesn’t rely on the common tropes so many copycat producers use and instead pays homage to the genre they clearly love.
Honorable Mention: "Hold On" (Game Chasers Remix)
If they were going to pick a remix of the JES track, I would have gone with this one. Slowing things way down and spinning it into a quasi-deep house track, this rendition has a great summer vibe to it.