The 5 Best Portugal. The Man 'Feel It Still' Remixes
From Flatbush Zombies, Medasin, ZHU and more.
You have to give credit to Portugal. The Man’s incredible patience.
The band has been around in some form for close to 15 years now, dating back to some members playing emo together in their Wasilla, Alaska, high school. It would take years of touring and five full albums under their belts before their punchy psychedelic sensibilities would lead them to working with the likes of Danger Mouse and John Hill, who would help prime the band's sound for a wider audience.
Even now, after 11 weeks on the chart, their runaway single “Feel It Still” continues to make a slow climb to No. 20 on the Hot 100. Not only is this notable as the band its first mainstream success, but its deeply dissect-able rhythm and polished groove has made it the perfect fodder for producers, spreading the song's reach well beyond the confines of the alternative scene.
Here are the five best “Feel It Still” Remixes out there:
Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still (Flatbush Zombies Remix)"
The Brooklyn trio step up to make you ache for a new Zombies tape. Erick the Architect delivers a hazy, kush-numbed instrumental with quivering low end and down-pitched vocals, while Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice croon their way through a brief pair of bars.
Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still (Medasin Remix)"
Medasin’s blissful, bit-reduced remix is the equivalent of giving a song a spa day. The chord progression is completely reinvented on watery, gracenote keyboards that swirl around over a rustling, downtempo beat.
Portugal. The Man - "(Feel It Still ZHU Remix)"
The rubber band bass synth and marching house drums provide a canvas for ZHU’s more creative production calls. Dramatic, James Bond-style string hits are peppered in throughout and speeding John Gourley’s vocal line up to near-MicroMachines levels is a surprisingly nice touch.
Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still (Ofenbach Remix)"
Up-and-comers Ofenbach make a break for the States with their first big-name remix for an American artist. The French duo keeps most of the song's original melodic elements intact while throwing on clubby ad-libs and a glittery dance beat at a strut-ready tempo.
Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still (Lido Remix)"
Lido’s “Feel It Still” remix continues to showcase his minor obsession with chilled-out out crunk tropes. The bopping trop-house chords, sputtering MIDI guitar and gun-cocking percussion take turns stepping into the spotlight of this subtly dynamic mix.