Merely three years after his unfortunate passing, Michael Jackson’s estate has partnered with Pepsi and Sony Music to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his legendary seventh artist album “Bad” with a revamped re-release featuring remastered tracks, unheard demos, and a string of remixes. But with mixed enthusiasm and a lot of speculation surrounding a controversial fusion of two opposite musical forces, Sony has turned to some of the pioneers of the ever expanding Electronic Dance Music scene in a wholehearted attempt to take the ever timeless sounds of the King of Pop to the dancefloor.
Stepping up to the mark for his most daring effort to date, Dutch chart-smasher Afrojack is first to bat for the remix package. Treating the original with as much respect one could have hoped for, Nick van de Wall takes a somewhat laidback approach to the track, preserving its unremitting arrangements while still maintaining the hallmarks of an actual remix. But digressing from his signature bleeps, Afrojack boosts the original from 111 to 128 BPM, adding chunkier drum work to the original before fully dropping anything Jackson related to give the production a more notable feel of Afrojack in a mixture of momentous pitchbends and the Dutchman’s signature distorted chord play. That being said, this first outtake from the remix package plays further testament to our believes that a Michael Jackson original is best left untouched.
“Bad 25″ will hit digital stores on September 18, also including remixes from the likes of A-Trak and Diplo.