DJ /rupture says a good remix has to disrespect the original song, breaking it down to build it back up into something surprising; he doesn’t want to hear the original with little embellishments or a new beat. And he’s more than happy to subject himself to that treatment. He provided the raw materials for our Remix Challenge: six tracks that make up "L'Avion," from his instrumental side project Nettle. In the more than 60 remixes submitted, there were enough surprises to amaze the creator.
The winners — the Phoenix Brothers, out of Tulsa, Oklahoma — killed it with a dance floor track that reimagines the song’s melodies so completely that they barely resemble the original. Rupture wouldn’t have it any other way.
Rupture’s first runner-up is the brooding “Time Stretch Remix” by the Lows and the Highs, who imbued the song’s melancholy tone with new textures.
Chris Wood, also known as Word the Cat, made his expansive “Carnival Mix” by layering in ambient sound from a street fair.
Adam Birce’s lush “Symphonic Mix” invites comparisons to a movie soundtrack with its surging drums, violin, and guitar.