Damn, this song is popular. Swedish House Mafia, consisting of three individually superstarrific DJ’s, knows how, when, and with whom to make hugely successful edm anthems. I never got around to falling in love with this song, but how its remixes would turn out still intrigued me. Take a look:
This one is my favorite remix. The first drop is sneakily minimal, leaving you bumping up and down to just the bass line. It steadily builds up though, leading you into a second reiteration of the entire verse that serves more as a tastefully extended breakdown. Then the percussion jumps back in to lift you up along to the song’s climax – the drop is progressive house at its best, and don’t expect AN21 and Max Vangeli to provide you with a parachute.
I like this one a lot because it sounds very Congorock-ish. And in the same way that Congorock breathed new life into SHM’s One last summer, Third Party reapplies the same jungly formula to Save the World.
This is the remix that Knife Party wish they made (see below). Very dubsteppy, but with a good helping of electro house raveability. Intersting modulation on the vocals in the middle, and the final drop is wholly gratifying thanks to a solid electro house buildup.
This one’s got a really badass beat that’s emphasized at the start, so it’s a shame to juxtapose it with the corny lyrics. I think that if Alesso didn’t try to play it too safe by adhering to the song’s original feel and took the remix more in the direction of the bass line, he could have made a brilliantly brutal electro house track.
I’m not a fan of the euro-trance synths at the first drop, but that’s compensated for at the second. Very Dada Life in their rapid repetition of the hook, and sufficiently ravey.
If you like Pendulum then you’ll like this remix – Knife Party is a side production project of members from Pendulum. This remix is just The Island but with a different name. I’m not digging the sound, it’s what can I only so haphazardly describe as tectonik dubstep, but it’s still fun to listen to.
Zedd has been burning through the edm scene with high-profile remixes, racking up a crapload of support and fans along the way. You can imagine the hype behind this remix. It’s got his signature electro house sound – that growly analog lead, harmonization and a dynamic use of effects.
Here’s that original video you love so much.
- Nine Lives ♠