There may never be another songwriter like Stevie Wonder. The Motown piano man spits activism and humanism with all the romance and eloquence of a poet. His album Songs in the Key of Life is an absolute classic that blends elements of funk, rock, R&B and soul into one of the most universal triumphs in modern musical history. It only goes without saying that someone is gonna remix it.
While it’s basically impossible to improve on Wonder’s genius, there are some remixes that breathe new life into his incredible offerings. Here are some of our favorites:
“Superstition” – C2C
There are a ton of “Superstition” remixes, but this one takes the cake. It’s playful, a bit edgy and it keeps the message intact. It’s full of scratchy flair — and that funky breakdown.
“My Cherie Amour” – Ion the Prize
We can’t say enough about this sonic slice of heaven. It opens in a dreamy, lovelorn style that makes us pause, then hits us with the cute and hopeful rhythm. It perfectly captures the soul of what Stevie Wonder was singing about. A perfect modern take.
“Isn’t She Lovely” – Studio Apartment feat. Kenny Bobien (DJ Kawasai Remix)
Studio Apartment is a Japanese dance duo that specializes in smooth jazz jams that mix a little bit of muzak with a sexy dash of soul for something that sounds rather nostalgic. A Stevie Wonder remix is a no-brainer, and DJ Kawasaki took that and pushed the groove even further. Thank Kenny Bobien for the creamy vocal.
“I Wish” – Mizz Jarviz
Dive deep into one of Wonder’s best boogies. The iconic walking bass line is replaced with a steady house beat, tropical percussion and shining piano chords. This will put some pep in your step for sure.
“Living for the City” – Wally D
Mr. Wonder is from Detroit, but this Wally D remix of his ode to urban life captures the high-speed energy of New York City almost perfectly. It’s hectic and overwhelming, but it’s invigorating too. This remix is just downright funky.
“As” – Eats Everything
This unreleased funk machine graces our ears by way of a BBC Radio 1 rip. It’s all about these dancing piano keys and the walking disco-fied rhythm. It’s so bright and colorful, the perfect jam for any golden afternoon.
“Those Days” – Amtrac
OK, this last one isn’t a proper remix in the usual sense, but it does revolve around a rather prominent vocal sample of Stevie’s song “I Wish,” and it’s so deliciously groovy, we just had to include it.