In recent weeks, entries from Israel, Estonia and the UK have all been given a spin on the remixing decks. But as Eurovision comes ever closer, more and more countries are getting in the party mood. From Latvia to Lithuania, Finland to France, and Belarus to Romania, here are some of the latest Eurovision 2018 remixes.
Laura Rizzotto “Funny Girl” ([Ex] da Bass Remix)
The song is “Funny Girl”, and this is a funny kind of remix. It starts off slowly, replete with added piano and a bass undercurrent. So far, so very much in keeping with the jazz feel of the original. And then, about 40 seconds in, that’s all thrown to one side as the track drops into a deliciously dirty EDM breakdown. The video for the remix is a mashup of Laura’s official music video and scenes from a massive night club party.
Ieva Zasimauskaite “When We‘re Old” (Jovani Remix)
“When We’re Old” is perhaps the slowest of all 43 entries in this year’s contest. And the same applies to the remix. Added beats inject some extra energy, yet the song’s innate sweetness remains. Ieva’s vocals won’t have you raving like a mad thing, but they do lend themselves to some chilled out swaying. The remix is accompanied by a music video that charts Ieva’s journey through Lithuania’s epic national selection process.
Saara Aalto “Monsters” (Initial Talk and Cutmore Remixes)
Never one to do things by halves, Saara Aalto gives us four alternative versions of “Monsters”. First up is Initial Talk’s spin on her Eurovision hit. Regular consumers of pop music may already be familiar with his work – he’s the man behind the 80s mix of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules”. And true to form, he transforms “Monsters” into something that could have been a mega hit 30 years ago.
The track also lands on the mixing decks of Cutmore, who offers up a slightly more conventional dance banger, along with a radio edit. The package is completed by a 4:24 extended cut of the Eurovision version.
Madame Monsieur “Mercy” (French and English Remixes)
However, anything Saara Aalto can do, Madame Monsieur can do better… or at least more of. Where the Finnish songstress gives us four other versions of her song for Lisbon, the French duo give us five. In addition to the extended cut, which has been around as long as the original, they’ve also recorded Spanish and English editions of the track. And then there are the remixes – one in French and one in English. Language aside, they’re effectively the same mix, and like Ieva’s reworking they’re best suited for those who prefer their club experiences to be on the mellow side.
Alekseev “Forever” (Kraynov Remix)
When it comes to alternate versions, Belarus’ Alekseev is king. There have been so many iterations of “Forever” that we’ve almost lost count. Thankfully, the latest take on the track is purely for the dance floor. As remixes go, it’s definitely not the most exciting or innovative. But it does the job nonetheless. It forms part of a four song EP which also includes the Eurovision version of “Forever”, an extended Russian language mix, and “Drunken Sun” – the English version of his previous hit “Pyanoye Solntce”.
The Humans “Goodbye” (Cristian Eberhard Remix)
Romania’s 2018 entry isn’t exactly the most danceable of tracks. And even remixed “Goodbye” doesn’t serve as a beacon to the dance floor. Like Lithuania and France above, The Humans plus bass is perfect for some laid-back bobbing.
Which remix is your favourite? Are any better than the originals? Let us know in the comments below.