S leepy Tom’s remix of “Bustamove” by Zeds Dead adds a new level of bounce to the original’s relaxed drum & synth sound. Sleepy Tom entered the DJ scene from Vancouver just two years ago, but his early remixes of rap songs like Drake’s “Worst Behavior” or A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba” quickly brought him attention from Fool’s Gold Records. “Bustamove” marks Sleepy Tom’s second remix of Zeds Dead, the first being his remix of “Rumble In The Jungle” back in 2013. What I like about the 2015 remix of “Bustamove” is that it energizes you from the start with building ‘Oh yeaaah’ vocal samples that lead into the first drop. The first drop is upbeat, dynamic, and intriguingly groovy. Although it definitely shares the same bouncy backbone as the first drop from “Rumble In The Jungle”, “Bustamove” packs a deeper, more pulsating punch while “Rumble In The Jungle” keeps an airy, xylophone-like tempo.
The first drop has me unconsciously bumping my head to the new, fluid beat as it skates softly through my ears. “Bustamove”, however, is no exception to Sleepy Tom’s signature fade-to-silence halfway through the song, which can also be found in his remix of “Intoxicated” by Martin Solveig and in his own original song “Pusher” featuring Anna Lunoe. While the fade-to-silence may seem strange to those who aren’t familiar with Sleepy Tom’s music, it’s successful in creating suspense and intrigue for the listener as second drop approaches. The track resumes with hints of subtle, starry progressive house, and the second drop comes in at 3:42 after an impressive thirty second build up. I love how Sleepy Tom remixes the second drop to be a souped-up, extra-hype version of the first (a technique used by others like Moombathon DJ Dillon Francis, e.g. his remix of Zomboy’s “Nuclear”). Overall, Sleepy Tom has definitely mixed another crowd-pleaser with “Bustamove.” However, I’m curious to see if Sleepy Tom will exhaust his unique style on remixing house songs or if he’ll expand into remixing trap music like his Pillowcast playlists seem to hint. Only the future will tell!