Modestep was one of the original artists that got me into dubstep starting back around 2011 with songs of theirs like “Sunlight” and “Show Me a Sign”. The four man rock/dubstep band first exploded into the EDM scene in 2013 with their debut album titled “Evolution Theory”. Since then the group had been almost completely silent until earlier this year when they released their sophomore album titled “London Road” in late May. One of the most popular songs on the album was “Rainbow”, a song they made together with Partysquad. The track has a healthy dose reggae dub influences in the lyrics and intro, but when the drop comes around it transforms into a thundering trap anthem. The second drop also brings a delightful moombahton feel to it which is a nice change of pace after the first drop. Modestep decided to have four artists make official remixes of the track and release it as its own remix EP. Here I will examine my two favorite remixes from the EP.
The first remix on the EP is done by none other than dubstep heavyweight XKore. XKore is so stranger to Modestep. Modestep’s classic track “Another Day” was remixed by XKore back in 2013 and became a dubstep legend almost instantly. This new remix of theirs for Modestep easily lives up the expectations they set for themselves after their “Another Day” remix. This blistering explosion of melodies is my favorite remix on the EP because it’s just so darn heavy! The first two drops are classic slow, drawn out, dubstep, while the third drop comes out of nowhere with heavy drum and bass influence. All together this remix has definitely put XKore back into the dubstep spotlight.
The last remix on the EP comes from the very talented English deep/tech house artist Vanilla Ace. Vanilla Ace first exploded into the EDM scene in 2012 with releases on Blockhead, Toolroom, and Ministry of Sound. His remix of Deadmau5’s “Afterhours” was a huge success and caught a lot of support from big name artists. Vanilla Ace’s groovy sunrise house style of music was a perfect complement to all the heavier tracks on this EP, and for that reason I’m glad they put it last. The reggae style lyrics in the intro work perfectly together with the dancey baseline that comes in after the drop. This super relaxed track will surely have you boogying in place while you finish up this stellar remix EP.