Norway’s Kygo has been making news since he stepped into the scene with a series of viral remixes. Following the May release of his debut album, Cloud Nine, which included an impressive lineup of collaborators, the DJ/producer has maintained a busy schedule. Not to mention, the record reached the No. 11 spot on the Billboard 200.
With his recent impressive achievements like performing at the Olympics closing ceremony and launching a fashion line, it’s easy to forget that he was just an unknown kid remixing songs at home less than three years ago. Here are 10 of the best songs Kygo has remixed for your listening pleasure.
Ed Sheeran — “I See Fire”
The already chill-inducing track reaches new heights with the aid of Kygo’s light and lush electronic production. This remix speaks volumes about Kygo’s ability to fit nearly any song to his style, and actually make it work.
M83 — “Wait”
M83 is no stranger to electronic production, which is why this Kygo song remix is a harmonious fusion of bright textures and tropical house beats.
Kyla La Grange — “Cut Your Teeth”
The original song is otherworldly and strangely beautiful, qualities that Kygo preserves in this remix. This version keeps the inherent appeal of the original intact, while adding some extra energy.
Coldplay — “Midnight”
This eerie and enticing track is further developed in this remix, as Kygo offers up a platter of sonic treats. This track illustrates how the DJ/producer can weld several elements together and still deliver one clean product.
Syn Cole — “Miami 82”
A song that has Miami in its name was an obvious choice for Kygo to tackle, and it made perfect sense as a backing track for Ultra Music Festival’s 2014 promotional video.
Ellie Goulding — “High For This”
This remix better resembles the style of the song’s original artist, The Weeknd. Here Kygo adds some darker texture to this otherwise bubbly tune, relying more heavily on synths once the chorus hits.
The XX — “Angels”
Kygo doesn’t disrupt the delicacy of this song, rather, he adds to it by adding light conga-esque drumming and mellow electronic production that still allow the soft vocals to come through.
Of Monsters and Men — “Dirty Paws”
This track gets a tropical treatment, as the originally haunting version is amped up with electro-pop production that highlight its vocals.
Dolly Parton — “Jolene”
The original backbeat of this song serves as an equally suitable backbone in this remix, while Kygo creates an intricate medley of melodies that rise and fall to increase the song’s intensity.
James Blake — “Limit to Your Love”
James Blake’s originally fragile track is strengthened as the vocals are brought down in tone with deep beats.