Well, I must say: I never thought we’d be writing three separate posts about songs featuring Sean Paul, but sure enough I’m here to seal that deal. On Tuesday of this week, the official remix package of Congorock & Stereo Massive‘s “Bless Di Nation”, featuring Sean Paul, dropped on Beatport. We already posted the Clockwork remix and the GTA remix, but in my opinion we saved the best for last with today’s post featuring remixes by Firebeatz and Torro Torro as well as Valentino Khan (who produced one of Bhanna’s favorite tunes of 2012) and Ookay who, frankly, is new to me.
The original mix is a short Electro-House attack infused with Sean Paul’s Reggae vibes and Congorock’s distinctive drum sounds and bass lines. All the remixes, in typical fashion, keep elements of the original (like Sean Paul’s vocals), but put each artist’s twist on the tune. Without a doubt Firebeatz’s remix and Torro Torro’s remix go the hardest and I must say Torro Torro’s remix is easily my favorite of the bunch. The Canadian duo were on a tear in 2012 (check out their Fall promo mix for examples) and their take on “Bless Di Nation” shows they have no signs of slowing down into 2013. Their remix contains elements that remind me of Lazerdisk Party Sex’s remix of “Horsey” while Firebeatz’s remix has elements that remind me of Nari & Milani’s “Kendo”. Valentino Khan’s remix is just whacky, with lots of drums and chopped up vocal cuts – but it’s pretty infectious. And what would a remix package be without a Trap remix? US-born producer Ookay throws at us a 150bpm Trap remix that has plenty of hi-hat triplets, big 808 drums and still manages to keep some of the melody – but it’s clearly thugged out.
Which one do you like best? Make sure to go over to Beatport to download the whole EP!
Congorock & Stereo Massive feat. Sean Paul – Bless Di Nation (Original Mix)
Congorock & Stereo Massive feat. Sean Paul – Bless Di Nation (Firebeatz Remix)
Congorock & Stereo Massive feat. Sean Paul – Bless Di Nation (Torro Torro Remix)
Congorock & Stereo Massive feat. Sean Paul – Bless Di Nation (Valentino Khan Remix) [mid-quality]
Congorock & Stereo Massive feat. Sean Paul – Bless Di Nation (Ookay Trap Remix)