Britney Spears coming to AC is almost like royalty making it’s way to the Garden State
Like Lady Gaga before her (and Cher later this summer) the original teen queen is all grown up and is bringing her Piece Of Me tour to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, 2018.
In anticipation of her arrival, I have compiled a list of ten of the absolute best remixes throughout her career. Some of the mixes you may be familiar with, others may be brand new to you. All of them are worth a listen (and available on Spotify for streaming). This is the perfect mini playlist to lead up to Britney’s weekend of concerts at Borgata.
Manhattan Clique Remix
The always consistent duo of Philip Larsen and Chris Smith (known collectively as Manhattan Clique) check in with their mix of one of Spears most risqué tracks, the appropriately titled “3″. While the lyrics are beyond direct, putting Clique’s slick electronic beats behind it and slightly amping up the BPM totally changes the track, making it slightly more provocative and definitely dance ready.
Slumber Party (Bimbo Jones Remix)
“Slumber Party” may be one of Spears’ most recent tracks, but the remix work given to it by the practically incomparable dup of Bimbo Jones makes it clearly one of her best remixes. She’s had success with them previously on tracks, but the growth in both her voice and the material she has chosen is reflected in this mix. The mix they have done is beat heavy and smooth, yet completely perfect for a steamy summer dance floor.
Till The World Ends (Alex Suarez Remix)
Known as one of her Ms. Spears’ best dance tracks, this anthem received the remix treatment from the mixmaster Alex Suarez, turning this dark and moody dance stomper into an electronic infused anthem for the peak hour of the night. Throwing a heavy beat right into the chorus turns this one into the true “hands in the air” anthem it always has proven to be. A little creative maneuvering from Suarez gives this one a little bit of extra individuality, but keeping Spears and center!
Piece of Me (Junior Vasquez and Johnny Vicious Remix)
Not many people could get two legends like Junior Vasquez and Johnny Vicious to join forces on a remix, but Ms. Spears did it with “Piece Of Me”. Recorded during a time when she was being literally snapped daily by paparazzi (in varying states), Spears snagged two of the biggest names in DJ’ing and production to put their combined talents to work on this track. While keeping the original flow of the track in place, they added a lush vibrating effect on top of it making it a little rougher, and then some extra drums making the track that much more dance ready. This track, and the ominous lyrics, remain one of Spears’ best from that era.
Toxic (Peter Rauhofer Reconstruction Mix)
One of her most commercially popular tracks around, Spears’ just the man who at the time, was the King of New York City’s Roxy nightclub, the much loved and dearly missed Peter Rauhofer. The spin that Rauhofer put on “Toxic” was quintessential Rauhofer; slightly slowed down, emphasis on her the chorus and that signature Rauhofer pulsing beat throughout the entire song. Rauhofer excelled at sensing the crowd’s anticipation for certain parts of a remix, and that is reflected throughout this one. If you’re looking for a track to really give you a sense of what a dance floor orchestrated by a legend like Rauhofer was, this is the mix to check out.
I’m A Slave 4 U (Dave Aude Slave Driver Mix)
From Pussycat Dolls to pop icons, Dave Aude has always been one of the “go-to” mixers for your favorite pop tracks, and this mix is no exception. This track historically ushered in a new era of this former Mouseketeer’s career, and Aude’s mix is the perfect vehicle to do that with. Stripping it down initially and then letting the mix find it’s own groove with some creative electronic work is an Aude signature, and it worked perfectly on this one. Slowing down the mix in the most creative way gives it an almost electro-science style, but Aude knows that works for this one, and gives the children exactly what they want with this one.
Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know (Hex Hector Club Mix)
One of the last tracks from a much more “innocent “ era gets the remix treatment from someone who knows a little something about making remix magic, with Hex Hector putting his signature rapid fire percussion and vocal layering on this Spears ballad. When you hear “cmon” in Spears’ sultry tones, you know you are in for a complete reworking of the track, and we are left not disappointed. Making the chorus the true focus of the track is brilliant, and it whips this yearning schoolgirl ode into a slick dance floor killer, something few could do other than the legend that is Hex Hector.
If You Seek Amy (Junior Vasquez Big Room Mix)
One of Britney’s cheekiest and risqué statements on her public life deserved an epic remix. It got that and more in the hands of the legendary Junior Vasquez who turned “If You Seek Amy” (get it?) into the dance anthem it needed to be. Spears vocals were kept sharp and had a steady build, with the chorus getting the majority of the attention on this one (with the title ever so slightly slowed down to make the true interpretation easier). Junior’s work on Britney’s material was always consistently amazing, but this one remains one of the standouts.
Womanizer (Benny Benassi Extended Mix)
One of the tracks from the Spears catalog that has to be just sheer fun is “Womanizer”. The hypnotic chorus coupled with the campy and risqué video turned it into an instant classic, but a remix in the hands of electronic master Benny Benassi is definitely ups the ante in terms of danceability. A little crafty maneuvering of the vocals and the arrangement and suddenly a strong pop anthem is whipped into an electronic master production, with just the right amount of pop airiness and electronic slickness.
Me Against The Music (ft. Madonna)-(Justice Extended Mix)
Madonna’s collaboration with her (at the time) heir apparent Ms. Spears was much publicized, so when this track dropped, fans of both ladies were able to see the dance off that we were all waiting for, along with a slickly produced track that pleased both sets of fans, but was definitely primed for some remixes. The Justice Extended Mix features both of the ladies at their best, but includes the beat heavy baseline that makes the track so unique. While these vocalists do sound strikingly similar at times throughout the mix, what they both offered is more than evident. A track that was originally seeming to be a “passing of the torch” of sorts only strengthened both ladies for what we hope, is another collaboration in the future.
Britney Spears-Gimme More (Kaskade Club Mix)
During a period of Spears’ career that was personally chaotic, she produced some of the most creative music of her career. “Gimme More” was always a haunting and moody track, which took Spears’ sound in a very different direction all together. In the hands of Kaskade, this track is lighter and makes the chorus the focus of the the whole track, even adding some extended breaks between verses to really let the production shine as a whole. Not only did this track usher in a whole new era for Spears career as a whole, but also it ushered in an entirely new legion of remixers eager to work with and recreate the magic that this pop icon was creating in the studio.