December 5, 2013


Christmix: 7 EDM Christmas Jams

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There's more than enough Christmas music in the world from pop princesses, boy bands, Sinatra-esque crooners and Rudolph-lovin' cowboys. Hell, we recently rounded up 13 kick-ass punk rock Christmas tunes and easily came up with 20 hip hop Christmas classics.

But there's a depressing dearth of EDM holiday music out there. To help satiate your dancefloor Xmas needs, we've rounded up 7 exceptions to the Christmas music mainstream from KaskadeDiplo and more. And yes, remixes/covers of Wham!'s classic "Last Christmas" are plentiful. 

Kaskade - "White Christmas (Bing Crosby Remix)"

Back in 2005, Chicago's Kaskade remixed Bing Crosby's version of "White Christmas," which is easily the most famous version of the most-covered Christmas song ever. Giving it a fat bassline and a slow, heavy beat, this version of "White Christmas" sounds very green-friendly.

Dan the Automator - "Jingle Bells (Dean Martin Remix)"

Much like Kaskade's Bing Crosby remix, this is a turntablist take on a Christmas classic from an iconic singer. Here, Dan the Automator chops up Dean Martin's holiday perennial without sacrificing any of the warm, casual charm of the original. 

Diplo ft. Angger Dimas & Nicky Da B - "Frosty Bounce"

Just in time for the holidays, Diplo and his Mad Decent label dropped a full Christmas album for 2013 called A Very Decent Christmas. One of the highlights is his Xmas collabo with Nicky Da B of "Express Yourself" fame entitled "Frosty Bounce." Driven by a militaristic drum beat and powered by the emphatic urgency of bounce music, this Big Freedia-esque take on a Christmas classic is killer. 

Avicii vs. 'N Sync - "Levels Last Christmas"

How good does it sound when you mashup Avicii's ubiquitous hit "Levels" with 'N Sync's cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas"? Surprisingly brilliant. Listen above and be amazed. 

Pet Shop Boys - "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas"

Synth-pop duo and dancefloor pioneers Pet Shops Boys get into the holiday spirit with "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas," although their attitude is less merry and closer to Scrooge and the Grinch. This song slams commercialism, relatives and practically everything jolly, but it's one of the few holidays tunes you can move to on the dancefloor, so it's got that going for it.  

Benny Benassi - "Last Christmas (Remix)"

In the hands of Italian DJ/producer Benny Benassi, Wham!'s modern Xmas classic morphs into an electro-house banger that sounds less like a lovelorn ballad and more like a substance-fueled party starter.

Cascada - "Last Christmas"

German electro-pop trio Cascada turned in this awesome synth-tickled, beat-heavy cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas," which is seemingly the only holiday tune anyone in electronic music cares about.