Broken Record Remixes
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on April 19th, 2011 at 12:39p.m.
- Updated on April 19th, 2011 at 1:03p.m.
The original Broken Record is one of the standout tracks on Katy B's debut album, so it's not a surprise that it was chosen for the remix treatment. This release features remixes by Jacques Greene, Zinc (who also helped produce her album), Todd Edwards, Geeneus (again, helped produce her album) and DJ Fresh. These are all big names who know what they're doing, so already these remixes show promise before I've even listened to any of them.
The Jacques Greene remix is very smooth, and definitely 'quieter' than the others. It's definitely the most relaxing of the five tracks,
The Zinc remix is true to the original sound of the record, at least in the build ups. It's just lengthened and stretched a bit. Quite a long build up is followed by some strange, bassy worbling, which permeates the whole track. It's a pretty decent mid-tempo remix, but there are better remixes on the single.
Todd Edwards' Angel Voice remix is much more different. It does, however, make more use of Katy's stunning vocals than the Zinc remix, which quickly became tedious in it's use of the same line repeatedly. The thumping drumbeat and the cut up backing vocals, contrasted with Katy's voice make this one of the better remixes.
Geeneus' remix is more about the build up and drop. It's (obviously) a lot more funky in it's sound, which suits Katy just fine (see: Lights On). It's basically the same as the original Broken Record, but with some modified percussion and more emphasized bassline. It works well, and it's possibly my favourite of the five remixes on this release.
And last but not least, DJ Fresh's Future Jungle mix. Being a drum and bass producer, you can pretty much guess what his treatment of the track entails. It's faster, lighter in the build up, has a piano(!), and has a really nice drop into some awesome drums. Even though I said before that the Geeneus remix was my favourite, it's a very close tie with this one. It's short and sweet, and you can't go wrong with the guy who made this.
All in all, a great way to spend some money. Or listen to it on Spotify.
Update: you can listen to all these remixes via YouTube (links on the tracklisting)