An uninspired remix that adds modern tech house touches to the original.
This makes Maceo Plex's approach, which aims to increase its impact with obvious big-room touches, a little confusing. He keeps the original bassline, which turns out to be the remix's only redeeming feature. But alongside additional strings and an early breakdown, he adds a range of dark atonal noises that blast across the mix like slaps to the face. It could be an attempt to channel the disorienting mood of the original Blade Runner score, but thanks to the placid beat and familiar strings they accompany, their impact is nowhere near Vangelis's timeless piece. Instead, they feel like imitations of producers like Stephan Bodzin and Âme, who use similar noises to a greater effect. You might argue that remixes like this accomplish their intended purpose, and are simply recontextualising old music. Even so, DJs would be better off reaching for the original, where you'll find plenty of energy without the cheap tricks.