Battle of the Beats: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & Ummet Ozcan vs. Calvin Harris – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat (Remixes)

Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two remixes against one another to determine which production made better use of the original. With remix packages growing in length and increasing in frequency, the number of reworked tracks has skyrocketed.  After wading through the volumes, we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.

Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & Ummet Ozcan Tomorrowland Remix)

Reworking a June release for a July festival and delivering the final product in late December, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Ummet Ozcan‘s remix effectively guaranteed that the titular lyrics of “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” would be stuck in our heads through the 2014 festival season and beyond. Where Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr’s original is a story a la “Naked Lunch” told by Beardyman and backed by a house beat, the trio’s rework cuts out the more explicit chapters and replaces them with more festival-friendly ingredients. After a spoken word intro and the first in a series of vertigo-inducing drops, the collaborators play with the reverberating tribal sound that performed so well in 2013, juxtaposing it with vocal distortion and a healthy dose of supporting percussion. Already in the Beatport Top 3, the rework indicates the EDM world has faithfully followed the “repeat” direction.


Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat (Calvin Harris Remix)

Released exclusively on iTunes this October, Calvin Harris‘ rework eclipsed the original in festival and radio play months before it was even released. Debuted by Harris at EDC Vegas and played at Tomorrowland, Creamfields, EZoo and more, we’re willing to bet the company that created the “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” t-shirts had this edit in mind. Opting for a more electro than house sound, the tune amplifies the original’s framework while creating a more PG lyrical read and dance-friendly sound structure. Though it was the original and not this remix that broke into the UK charts, for summer 2013 at least, Calvin Harris took the crown.

So whose “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” fits into your routine?

online poll by Opinion Stage

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