Back in January 2021, I was approached by Metapop to host a remix contest based on some recent music I had released. I chose "Don't Let Drugs Screw Up Your Life," a track off my "Body Signal" EP from last year, based on a funny old Reagan-era anti-drug sample.
Once the parts were released into the wild, the remixers came through with flying colors. There were so many great takes, but I could only officially use three. It took me over a week of intense listening to boil it down to the finalists.
Ultimately, I chose Jeff Andy's take as the 1st Prize winner because it sounded the most like what I play out. I actually dropped it during a session on HOR.
Bartek's 2nd place remix was next because next to techno, electro is one of the pillars of electronic music and I thought it very important to rep the genre. Bartek did a great job.
I chose Citymouse's take as 3rd place because I thought it was ironic that such a trippy, minimal version would have an anti-drug sample chopped up in it.
As a jazz lover, Ian Collins blew me away with his jazz/swing/breaks version, so I threw him in there even though I was limited by the rules to a winner and two runners-up. But I'm a rebel who breaks the rules, so here he is. Incredible take!
Thanks to Metapop for hosting this remix competition and giving me permission to release the final tracks.
Thanks also to all the producers and remixers who did great takes on the track, I wish I could have chosen all of you. Looking forward to hearing more of your music in the future!
released May 7, 2021
PURE33.5. Original track produced by Alan D. Oldham. (P) & (C) 2021 Track Machine/Generator Music BMI. Art & design by Oldham Industries. Mastered on Landr. Pure Sonik Records 2021: Play Loud, Spin Hard.