Many a-column inch has been written about Amy Winehouse since her sad passing almost a year ago. There’s not really much more we could say which would add to what’s already been said, but we can bring you the work of some talented producers who have re-interpreted Amy’s sound to darn good effect. In no particular order, he are our top five tracks which have remixed and sampled Camden’s Soul darling.
Amy Winehouse – Stronger Than Me (Flatline Remix)
Stronger Than Me was the introduction to Amy’s highly underrated debut album, Frank. This remix is by a Reggae-influenced Bass group who take after our own heart, being based in London, Bristol and Brighton. We liked it so much, we placed it among our favourites of 2011. Oh, and it’s a free download.
Ifan Dafydd – No Good
This sample of You Know I’m No Good was the first track released by Ifan Dafydd. The slow build up, intricate textures, dripping pads and unobtrusive bassline had many thinking this was a James Blake alias, but it turns out they just lived together at university. It might be an imitation but when you can do it this good, who cares.
Knxwledge – Best Friends
Best Friends is an unreleased acoustic track and has been reworked here by one of our favourite Hip-Hop producers. The vocals are wharped but somehow you tell it’s still Amy’s voice (and not just because it made this list). The track features on Knxwledge’s Hexual Sealings EP 1.5, which you can stream and buy on Bandcamp.
Amy Winehouse – Stronger Than Me (Alby Daniels Remix)
The second remix of this track is a recent release by the multi-talented singer/producer Alby Daniels. The glitchy beat keeps the tempo bouncing along, combining well with Amy’s chopped up and warped vocals. This remix is free to download, but also check out Dawn, Alby’s first solo effort where he lays down his own soothing vocals. Definitely a name to keep an eye out for.
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own (Organized Noize x Dungeon Family Remix)
The sparse beat laid down on this remix helps it retain the emotional original but still manages to bring something different. This is one of the oldest tracks in the list and so was featured quite heavily after Amy’s death, but it’s too good to ignore. What’s more, it’s also a Free download.