Robyn is more than a pop star; she’s a force of nature. She’s a woman in control. When her first label didn’t like her new electro-pop sound, she simply left and created her own. It’s brought her four Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart hits, six Top Dance/Electronic Albums, and success around the world.
Her lyrics reflect a reality of party life most would rather ignore. There is magic on that floor, but there is also melancholy, defiance and adulteress intrigue. To be asked to remix a Robyn song is surely an intimidating honor. The original is almost always a bop on its own, and you’ve got to please a dancing queen. These artists in the list of Robyn remixes below have met that challenge with a commendable fierceness.
Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend” (Feed Me Remix)
Some half-time drums let our bodies prepare for impending bass. Just as the girlfriend is sideswiped by the news, your head swims in the shimmering melody. When you’ve finally realized what’s going on, the angry rumbles begin, but even those are beautiful in this starry sonic space. Special shout out to the cut-and-paste vocals all over this classically 2011 dubstep sound.
Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend” (Kaskade Remix)
Kaskade’s take on the bad news breaker comes on like a rush to the head. There’s great release after you get something of this magnitude off your chest, and the Chicago-born producer rewards your honesty with a shiny house rhythm that’ll have you reaching for the stars. of course, there’s a little touch of the sinister behind each note. You did cheat on your girlfriend, after all.
Robyn – “Call Your Girlfriend” (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix)
Canadian electronic duo Sultan & Ned Shepard bring some electric bass bite to its thumping electro-house remix. Cymbals crash and rhythms syncopate until your body reaches a strange place of calm. It’s pure indie dance yumminess, again, definitive of the 2011 era in which it was released.
Crunchy electro vibes burst onto the scene over a heavy metronome kick. Yes, Dutch house dynamo Fedde Le Grand is on the case. Where Rye Rye and Robyn’s original is cool, calm and collected, this remix of “Will Never Be Mine” electrifies at every touch. At seven and a half minutes, it plays the long game, and you will be head over heels with the groove when it’s all said and done.
Rye Rye – “Will Never Be Mine” Feat. Robyn (R3hab Remix)
A steady beat lures you to the dance floor on R3hab’s take. He lets Robyn lead the way through a field of distortion. There’s bliss on the other side of this build, whether or not your crush ever likes you back. After all, Robyn is the patron saint of dancing on your own. Once this drop kicks in, you’ll lose your head in the energy and forget the world anyway
Robyn – “Indestructible” (The Black Madonna Remix)
Robyn’s edgy disco gets a deep rework from another powerful female force. The Black Madonna lets the air into on this eight-and-a-half-minute sonic exploration. Love should never be rushed, and neither should a groove this magnetic. It’s cinematic, a true battle of ecstatic tension and release
Robyn – “Indestructible” (A-Trak Remix)
This remix actually came out a few years after A-Trak’s generational cult classic Infintity +1 mix, but it still carries that perfectly late-aught blog house attitude. It’s glitchy, grimy and deliciously discotized. Synths rain heavy over a pulsing, space-age beat, and everything makes you wanna don a shiny, neon leotard and give the dance floor your best jazzercise performance.
Robyn – “Indestructible” (Laidback Luke Club Edit)
If you’re looking for more kick in your Robyn remix, let Kung Fu master Laidback Luke hit you in the face with electro ferocity. His take on “Indestructible” has an invigorating warm up, and when you’re ready to sweat, he’ll give you the bounciest beat with which to jump around the floor. It’s a little spicy, but your body should appreciate the heat.
Robyn – “Hang With Me” (Avicii Remix)
Two larger-than-life Swedes come together on this remix of “Hang With Me.” Even listening to the original, you can hear how Avicii’s timeless melodies could fit inside its catchy curves. He takes a trance approach on the seven-and-a-half-minute rework, really letting each moment climb toward its biggest peak.
Robyn – “Keep This Fire Burning” (Ingrosso & Fader Remix)
Let’s take things back in time to Robyn’s soulful R&B pop days with this remix of “Keep This Fire Burning” from a young Sebastian Ingrosso and fellow Swede Fader. Fans may be pleasantly surprised to hear the quick lounge, jazzy groove. This one goes out to all the cool cats in the audience who aren’t afraid to let their hips lead.
Robyn – “With Every Heartbeat” Feat. Kleerup (Steve Angello Dub)
Another Swede takes the reigns on this bleepy-bloopy Robyn original. Steve Angello trades arpeggio synths for hard-hitting, syncopated kicks. Again, he lets the beat built itself to a frenzy across seven-and-a-half minutes. There are many moods throughout its journey, from heights with angelic strings to electronic valleys, but you don’t ever look back.
Robyn – “Dancing On My Own” (Fred Falke Remix)
You knew someone had to do it. “Dancing On My Own” is an absolute Robyn fan favorite. Who can’t relate to its message of moving on? French house producer Fred Falke brings disco-house brilliance to the familiar hit, keeping things sexy and cool despite the mounting energy to scream. It’s okay if you scream, by the way. That’s what dance music is all about.