Ferry Corsten resurrects remix of U2's 'New Year's Day'
In late 1999, Dutch dance music veteran Ferry Corsten was asked to remix U2‘s popular track, “New Year’s Day.” And that he did, giving the 80’s rock song an entirely new sound. With a trance rework that hit dance floors worldwide right around the dawning of the new millennium, the Corsten left fans hungry for a copy of the song that was impressive enough to warrant a stamp of approval from Bono himself. Ferry’s adaptation of the celebratory song successfully retains the integrity of U2’s original, encasing the Irish band’s guitar riffs in trance baselines and harmonic loops that circle the rhythm of the full track. Fellow trance DJs Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold have all included Corsten’s remix in several sets over the years, most notably, every New Year’s Eve performance.
It’s been 5 years since U2 re-released War, the album “New Year’s Day” first premiered on. War‘s re-release marked the first time Corsten’s remix was released, as part of the bonus CD, but today the trance king’s rendition is finally available for individual purchase, just in time for the holiday.