This week, we have five remixes on Rendition. As usual, we’re not always looking for the tracks that could ignite pyrotechnics but rather new takes on songs that move us in many ways. These five fit the bill in our opinion.

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Big Freedia – “Excuse” (Hibou Remix)

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Seattle’s Hibou, the project fronted by Peter Michel, has been known to create some terrific lo-fi pop music. When applied in a remix format, it is pretty stellar. In the case of Big Freedia‘s hip hop / bounce anthem, “Excuse”, the remix is interstellar, where the song is given a spatial makeover that would make even Anthony Gonzalez of M83 fame envious.

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Kelvin Jones – “Call You Home” (Faul & Wad Remix)

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We’ve profiled rising soul and R&B artist Kelvin Jones a couple of times, including his excellent track “Closer”. The single is given a summery, tropical vibe by Paris producers Faul & Wad. It’s more ambient than electronic, more smooth than electrifying, and just an absolutely cool take on one of the year’s surprise singles. We shouldn’t expect anything less from the French duo.

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Pure Bathing Culture – “Pray For Rain” (Sylvan Esso Remix)

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A few weeks ago, Pure Bathing Culture released the stunning Pray for Rain, and earlier his week their pals and one of our favorites Sylvan Esso helped keep the momentum going with their remix of the title track. “Pray for Rain” is transformed for a stunning, ’80s-infused indie-pop track into a stuttering, hypnotic electronic number. Gone are the anthemic pop melodies and in their place is a dark, haunting beat. It’s a great re-imagination, showing the flip side of what a song could be.

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Rhye – “3 Days” (Junior Sanchez Remix)

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Most people discovered Rhye more than three years ago, particularly when their breathtaking “3 Days” was released. The song is given another life by NYC-based producer and musician Junior Sanchez, who speeds up the pace and gives the track more of a house vibe. However, like many great producers, Sanchez hasn’t completely stripped away the song. Instead, he accentuates the best parts of “3 Days”, namely the gorgeous melody and the Michael Milosh’s remarkable voice. Lush yet upbeat. Ambient yet with a house feel. Stunning yet cool. Not often you can put these different elements together and release a superb remix.

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Vaults – Premonitions (KDA Remix)

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This might be the last remix on the list (because it falls at the end of the alphabet), but London-based producer KDA has put together an awesome rendition of Vaults“Premonition”. The remix tracks in at 8 minutes 40 seconds, but you’ll be mesmerized for its entirety. The original track was starkingly beautiful and a song that could crush one’s soul. What KDA has done is enliven the track. Retaining the haunting, siren vocals of frontwoman Blythe Pepino, the pace is picked up and tribal and house effects are added. It might be a track made for clubs, but it’s a remix that could be heard in any environment. Fantastic!

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