If you’re anything like me, you can appreciate a good movie soundtrack. Whether it’s an epic, sweeping theme that turns the most mundane of errands into a quest for only the most valiant of hearts, or a booming villainous theme to make your morning coffee acknowledge your true power, nothing beats a good movie theme…unless it’s a movie theme that you can dance to! These three EDM covers/remixes take a look at these classic themes, known and beloved by all, and ask — why aren’t we dancing right now?
1. ”Titanic” by Milk N Cookies:
The trick to making a good dance remix of a classic movie theme is to hook the audience with something they haven’t heard before. A good remix doesn’t just ride on coattails, but breaks the original theme down into its raw components and reassembles it into something distinctly new, yet familiar. When done correctly, you only realize you’ve been listening to a movie theme when you’re far too late in the track to do anything about it. Perfectly reflecting this analogy is “Titanic” by Milk N Cookies, where you don’t realize what you’ve *really* been listening to until it’s far too late, slowly crashing into an iceberg of awesomeness.
“Titanic” is built from scraps of the Titanic soundtrack, starting with an unassuming vocal beat, which in actuality is taken from the vocal section of the Titanic’s Orchestral Theme, “Hymn To The Sea”. It’s subtle, evocative enough of the film to have you start wondering where you’ve heard this before — until it all crashes into the idyllic iceberg that is the heavily synthesized version of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”. Basically, if there was someone DJing the poor people dance scene, this is the song that would be playing.
2. “Let it Go” (Armin van Buuren Radio Edit) by Idina Menzel:
You’ve found a hot new track, and you’re strutting down the street, hard-stepping just little bit at the intersection, and now you’re dance walking, wondering just what is the name of this enchanting beat — when you realize you’ve been listening to Frozen.
At a crossroads of life you stand: do you, an adult, acknowledge that you are dancing to Disney music not unlike a small child? Or, do you just stop taking yourself so seriously and let the track take you on a ride, because this trance beat is too good to ignore?
Armin van Buuren’s remix of Idina Menzel’s “Let it Go” is the Robocop of EDM covers, a song that is just so damn cool, sleek and kick-ass that you don’t even care about the original soft fleshy bits upon which these dope cyborg parts have been grafted. If anything, you find yourself appreciating Frozen more, because without it this remix wouldn’t exist.
3. ”Adagio for Strings” by Tiesto:
Taken from the most memorable scene in Platoon, where Willem Dafoe throws his arms up in vain as he is gunned down, “Adagio for Strings” is typically utilized in pop culture to accent hopelessness, tragedy, and the horrors of mankind. Tiesto takes “Adagio for Strings” and asks, what if when Willem Dafoe threw his arms up in vain, he was actually just trying to throw out some final sweet dance moves?
Tiesto drops beats instead of bombs here, as this is the only track in this Three of the Week to start out with the original theme, letting it play out long enough to drudge up memories, before shattering those memories, splicing them together with faster beats, pulse-hitting flourishes, and tactically placed drum sections. The theme still pumps through, but with an industrial metallic edge, all building until the bass drops back into the original orchestral “Adagio for Strings”, only to double down on the electronic sound and get your heart rate up for the final stretch. For making one of the most depressing movie themes into one of the most exhilarating EDM tracks, Tiesto’s “Adagio for Strings” embodies what EDM remixes should be.