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Oren Yoel – Call Me Remix (Blondie)

I’m all for modern producers remixing classics. It can re-introduce the original to a younger audience while also refreshing the track for those that grew up with the song. But it’s a slippery, delicate and dangerous slope for obvious reasons. Basically you really better understand what you’re doing and remixing, and deliver something that truly builds on a classic. Much, much easier said than done. I’ve checked out many attempts this year, and none were very memorable. Really, I can’t remember any of them…

Until this one! Slept-on producer Oren Yoel’s take on Blondie’s uber-classic “Call Me” is pure remix/trap/big drum/EDM-hiphop hybrid porn. Yoel clearly understood what kind of edge was needed to actually add to the original, not just mail in a remix so he could say he remixed it. You might know Yoel from his production on Asher Roth’s massive debut album “Asleep In The Bread Aisle” or his variety of work with some singer named Miley Cyrus, but if this is any indication of where he’s headed as an artist, we’re all in. It’s a smart, well-crafted remix that not only does total justice to the original, but becomes it’s own winner of a song.