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M.I.A.: Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

Even an avowed remix grouch like me perked up at the mere mention of this. In general, continual remixes of a great song are like successive slices of birthday cake, even if they're great, there's only so much one man can take. But here we have one of last year's most untouchable singles, lovingly molested by arguably the best dance production squad of the decade. So fine, I'll have another sliver. In my mind, the only way to make a remix completely vital is to toss out huge swaths of it, recasting key elements to fit a distinctive sound. Changing the drapes, so to speak, is not enough. The DFA team do just that, swapping the Clash riff for an obese funk bassline. A subliminal Italo-throb keeps the originial's choppy feel, but gives it a much smoother texture.


The first decision any "Paper Planes" remixer has to make is whether or not to keep the signature gun shots and cash registers intact. Those elements are wisely excised here (I mean how can you make it your own if its still got Switch's fingerprints smeared on it?). Their solution is to punctuate each "All I wanna do is..." with a quick laser shot, and then get back to the sweet synth horns and cosmic squiggles. Not heard is the sound of a dozen remixers slapping their foreheads at the sublime obviousness of that decision. They seal the deal by offering up a lazy piano roll as coup de grace. The rub is, though, that the actual narrative weight of Maya's border outlaws is completely lost. Her vocals are just abother DJ face card to be slapped on the table for crowd reaction. But hey, that's the trade-off. 

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For some reason I feel this remix will sound awesome with a Redman verse, it's an odd match but just imaging...

Sir Tomy

Bit of a def squad bass line goin... I could hear that.

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interesting, but didn't really get into it

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Why would anyone f*** with a song thats perfect to begin with? Remixers, please don't bother remixing a song that you cant make better. And by the way, it's criminal to remove the gunshots from this song. My two cents...


agreed...this song is waaay too catchy to lend itself well to remixes.

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dfa phoned this one in. their remixes are interesting because they are different from everything else and maybe even more importantly, subtly different from each other. unfortunately, they've done this remix before. this one falls right into the mold of their remix of "my love," which is a much, much better piece of work.


luv dis song this song is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


the remix doesnt bother me at all. i like it because the song is actually changed. its better than a remix in which the only difference is an added verse...i like how it is more of an electronic dance version of the unbelievable rap/hip hop track. both tracks are excellent, imho.


Have a look at this cover version/remix
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original paper planes got so played out that i can't even think about listening to it one more time, so listening to the remix is like having that same chocolate bar you're so sick of, but finding a sweet cherry filling inside. i love this track! brought paper planes back from the dead.


Gotta love it. I even like it better than the original. Plus I hat MIA's voice, so the less I hear it the better. lol


4:20-End minus all the parts before that would make this the best remix!


What's the piano intro from?


Try googling DJ John


M.I.A. - Paper Planes (Dalgo Remix) That remix version has a fast beat, slow vocals. It grows on you. Check it out!


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