Best Remix: Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"

Ok, time for some fun. The pop smash hit of this summer – Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” – has of course been covered and remixed about one trillion times in the past months. There were various horrible into-your-face dance, US dubstep and mashup versions, a boring official remix EP, and Youtube and Soundcloud are full of amateurs misusing the track in a more or less violent manner. I urge you not to look them up, my ears are still bleeding. But now that the summer is over, it is time to look back once more, get the track out of your system and hopefully only hear it again at private parties, drunkenly singing along at the worst hour.

I therefore collected the remixes done by some of the artists featured on this blog before. And because those artists are amazing, the remixes are kinda amazing too. First off is LOL Boys remix, featured on their great Fader mix we blogged about previously. They slowed the track down and got part of its over-the-top-ness out of the way by contrasting it with a laid back drum pattern and some smooth synths. It is quite close to the original though and retains the overall pop appeal of the track.

Shlohmo’s version is completely different in contrast. He pitches the vocals waaay down, and listening to this for the first time on his BBC Radio 1 mix, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. It is Shlohmo’s style for sure, as every good remix artist takes the original and makes it his own. But well, this is just hilarious, and I bet he had a good laugh too.

And at last there is Dan Deacon’s “Call Me Maybe Acapella 147 Times Exponentially Layered”, which is exactly what the title says it is. He stacks up a sample of Jepsen’s chorus vocals over a beat and a lot of feedback, culminating in a noisefest that will hopfully cleanse your ears of this track once and for all. If not, you can always visit the bandcamp page of the project Deacon submitted this track to – a “Call Me Maybe” remix competition culminating in 43 very different versions of our guilty pleasure song of 2012.


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