Back in June we announced the opportunity to remix Digits‘ track, “Where Do You Belong?”, and earn yourself a release courtesy of Bad Panda and a spot here on Listen Before You Buy. We had a brilliant response, with over forty remixes being submitted, and the overall quality being exceptionally high. So high, in fact, that when we sat down to pick out a winner, we couldn’t do it. We now present the two winning entries: ▲WE SINK and Look, Stranger!.
▲WE SINK are based out of Athens – the real one, in Greece not Georgia – but their music draws heavily on the UK garage scene, and there are lots of glitchy pads and 8-bit blips to fill things out. There’s a definite nod in the direction of the likes of Two Inch Punch and Bobby Tank in the instrumentation, and if you’re a regular reader then you know that’s a sure-fire route to our hearts…
Look, Stranger! don’t just look to London for influences; they actually live there. They’ve already had the nod from The Guardian, and when they describe their sound as “space age bachelor pad music”, it’s easy to imagine why. While their general sound is more in the Wild Beasts direction, they pulled off a convincing minimal house turn for their remix.
In both cases, what really impressed us was the combination of originality, musicality and excellent production. Both took the original material in a whole new direction, but managed to keep the whole thing sounding cohesive and natural. Not to mention the fact that you can easily imagine either playing in a club right now. I’ll leave the final comments to Digits himself:
Holy crap, I was so impressed by the quality and quantity of the remixes you made. So much time and effort put into this, it was difficult to narrow it down to ten, let alone two. But Look, Stranger! and ▲WE SINK were the best of the best and I’m so pleased to announce them as the winners. I seriously enjoyed listening to all the entries, and I’ll share a few honourable mentions at some point down the line on my Facebook and Twitter. It was so cool to hear my song reworked by producers and fans and you can always feel free to remix any of my songs. Hope you had fun! I definitely did.
You can find out more about our winners at the links below, and stream the original version of “Where Do You Belong?”. And if you’ve got a minute (or hour) to spare, you can have a listen to all of the submissions via Soundcloud.