\”I\’ve always been a huge fan of him. He\’s the king of pop… When I first heard the song, it sounded really cool and fresh. I had ideas about it instantly. It took me about a month to remix it. I had to do it twice because the first version didn\’t go over so well.\”
There\’s no doubt that 22 year old Audien has quickly become a young progressive house wizard. He built a name for himself with releases through Anjunabeats and Spinnin\’ Records, but his real breakthrough track was a rework of Bastille\’s Pompeii (which you can check out here via Proximity) which gained publicity reaching beyond the dance music sphere. Following up on the success comes his next remix from a hauntingly familiar place in the music world.
Audien takes us on a journey where nostalgia meets the dance festival main-stage with his latest remix to Michael Jackson\’s Slave To The Rhythm; the king of pop originally recorded the track in 1991 but it wasn\’t released until 2014 with some remastering done.
Cutting to the chase, the remix is brilliant. It oozes with energy due to a combination between Audien\’s signature sound and MJ\’s recognizable vocals. For the most part, it\’s haunting yet sort of thrilling to hear the king of pop take on the vocals of a modern dance tune. When you\’re given the honor to remix a legend, you master it; Audien did.