Every Monday morning, I wake up, pour a cup of joe, and delve into my SoundCloud stream to see what’s good in the world of electronic music. However, on this particular morning, my musical palette displayed something quite unique. Whenever I see an artist attempt to remix a classic like Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”, I tend to get a little bit nervous. Botched remixes are far too common in the current realm of EDM, and it takes a true innovator to compliment the erotic tempo of Marvin’s bedroom anthem.
When I first heard Kygo’s remix of Marvin’s archetypal masterpiece, I had a very difficult time comparing and contrasting the two songs. And after sitting dumbfounded for about a half hour, I came to a realization. The reason both songs sound so synchronous is because Kygo kept the root tempo and rhythm that Marvin eruditely recorded back in 1982. By adding his own tribal toms and a deep kick, Kygo took the song of a generation and simplified it, reminding us that a remix in it’s essence shouldn’t compromise the origin. Too often, artists try to replicate and imitate past musicians to a tee, and it ends up sounding repetitive and unoriginal.
Take a lesson out of Kygo’s book: K.I.S.S.
Keep It Simple Stupid.