Crowning a relentless drive to the top for the young Anton Zaslavski, also known as Zedd to the fans of his unique, complex take on the traditional electro genre, the release of his single Spectrum and the larger-than-life remix package solidifies his place at the pinnacle of electronic music. An intensely talented young man, Zedd is classically trained, as showcased by his live, piano rendition of Spectrum (register & login to view link). After a string of successful solo hits, big label backing landing him a spot supporting Lady Gaga on her World Tour and production on Justin Bieber‘s recently released album, it seems like nothing can stop Zedd.
The song itself is a standard affair, showcasing a mix of high-octane electro, complex melodies and intertwining riffs, and glitchy bleeps, all drawn together nicely by Matthew Koma‘s soaring vocals. The remix package, however, is what makes this release truly outstanding. So let’s just get right in to it.
Armin Van Buuren leads the charge on the remixes with a shimmering, ethereal trance track that compliments Koma’s stunning vocals perfectly. Backed up harder, electro sounds and triumphant chords, this remix is certainly one to be reckoned with, and one that will no doubt please the “Trance Family” thoroughly.
This next remix couldn’t be any more different to the previous one if it had tried. A-Trak and Clockwork team up on this one to create a choppy, glitchy, grinding affair with little of the original melody carrying over from the original. The vocals aren’t spared either, instead they are chopped up and used to ratchet up tension during the break for what is a fairly dirty and dark drop, reminiscent of A-Trak’s recent remix for Martin Solveig‘s The Night Out.
Arty‘s remix is a highlight, regardless of my personal reservations about him as a person, I can’t argue with the quality of production on this one. Orchestral chords and understated melodies that place importance on the vocals breathe a new life into this already heavily played track.
Next up is Deniz Koyu‘s remix, which is likely to be the remix you hear most widely played out at festival’s in the sets of your favourite DJs. Reminiscent of his recent realease Bong, Koyu builds up the vocals to a very funky and energetic drop that will likely have you tapping your feet instantaneously. Incredibly cool and constituting all the right elements to make a great track, expect to hear this a lot.
If you thought A-Trak and Clockwork’s offering was lacking colour and melody, then wait till you hear Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner‘s remix. I was actually really surprised by Garner’s departure from his previous style, and wasn’t expecting the incredibly bleak, ominous and stripped down cut we eventually got. Featuring a pulsating, grinding four-to-the-floor beat, and sporadic vocals samples twisted to the point of unrecognisable, this is the most unexpected (even for Klosman) and the most unique on the EP, and will most likely be either a love or hate affair for most people. And wait, is that a french horn?
Probably my favourite of the lot, Congorock brakes with traditional style and offers up a brilliantly composed, spacey, electro-house remix, which fully utilises the best elements of the original’s vocals, whilst adding stabbing trance synths and a minimal, funky electro drop.
Last, but no means least, is one for all the dubstep heads out there. Monsta absolutely smashes his remix duties, with a heavy, but not too heavy, record that offers plenty of synths and intertwining melodies that run over all the heavy drop and wobbles on offer.
Enjoy, and thanks for reading!