Sep 09, 2010
The Metropolis Sound
Voodoo & Serano feat Plastic Inc. - I Stand Alone (Jean Elan Remix) [Ministry Of Sound]
Eric Amarillo - Air (Jean Elan Remix)
Jean Elan - Where's Your Head At (Klaas Remix) [Shake Me Please!]

Remember this guy? Well, Berlin-based DJ/producer is back stronger than ever, with a Grammy nomination for his remix of the Röyksopp & Robyn track The Girl And The Robot, as well as a couple of new tracks that still use that “metropolis sound” that Proto spoke of in his post.

First up we have his remix of the Eric Amarillo track Air. It’s always a pleasant surprise to me when the drop of a track blows me away much more than I was initially expecting, and that is exactly what occurred with this track. I was listening to this track from the beginning going “this is pretty cool…” but then, 4:10 happened, and I was like “whoa, this is REALLY cool.” The Arabian-influenced build that had been happening for a good part of the track suddenly sounds like it is flipped inside out, and a whole new track is born. I don’t know about you, but I live for those moments on the dancefloor.

Next is I Stand Alone, originally a Voodoo & Serano track that Jean decided to put a ‘lil of his magic to use with. His common use of quirky vocals and sounds return here, with an overly dramaticized male voice that leads into a circus-like drop. It literally sounds like the clowns have just rode in on elephants. He really plays with the spectrum of sounds here, sometimes featuring very prominent highs that will suddenly be intertwined with quick bass sounds.

Finally, I leave you with a track that many of you probably know, but what you probably didn’t know is that Jean Elan was involved with it. I’m not entirely sure why Basement Jaxx’s name is left off of this particular remix across the board, but Jean Elan and Klaas’s involvement with Where’s Your Head At really took this song to “club anthem” status around the world. Let’s hope the same keeps happening with Jean’s other tracks.

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