September 13, 2013 - 1:54pm
BY ERIKA HARWOOD
I'll admit: I'm slightly (and sadly) prejudiced toward remixes of songs I adore. I speak from past listening experiences when I say that shoving unnecessary dance beats or a dubstep-style drop on a flawless original is essentially akin to taking a dump on a Picasso. Anyone armed with a laptop with a half-full battery can take a song and embellish it with technological nonsense, but Jacques Greene's veteran touch makes his remix of Autre Ne Veut’s “Play By Play” stand out as so refreshing.
For the past few months ANV’s “Play By Play” has been my go-to song. Despite a play count in the triple digits, I still listen to it multiple times every day — like a psycho — and have yet to get sick of it. Filled with layers upon layers of Arthur Ashin’s R&B-style crooning on top of dazzling electronic sounds, every listen provides a new experience. Unarguably, the song overwhelms, but in the most euphoric and transcedent way imaginable.
Then I saw this tweet by Ashin:
I'm not sure that it can be overstated that @jacquesgreene made a remix of Play By Play.
— Autre Ne Veut (@AutreNV) September 10, 2013
I cried a little. Is nothing sacred anymore? Is it possible for music lovers to have one beloved song go untainted by some bearded Brookyln-ite’s shitty keyboard?
Apparently so, because this remix isn’t terrible. It’s actually pretty damn good. And to top it off, Greene’s beardless — so as far as the glass ceiling of DJs go, he seems to be making an attempt to shatter all barriers. Instead of distorting and misusing the original (the ultimate crime of awful remixes), Greene’s version strips it down, crafting a distinct, alternate vision of Ashin’s track. The muffled beats build slowly during the course of the song’s nearly seven minutes and keep you clutching to Greene’s every sound and Ashin’s every word.
Don’t get me wrong, the original will always reign superior in my eyes, but as perfectly executed remixes go, Greene knows how to kill it.