A lot has changed on the popular music since the unfortunate passing of Michael Jackson some three years ago. So when his estate came to plan their celebrations of the anniversary of Jackson’s seventh artist album ‘Bad’ alongside Pepsi and Sony Music, the latter chose to embrace the influx op Pop/Chart collaborative stylings with a revamped re-release featuring remastered tracks, unheard demos, and a string of remixes.

Now as aptly poised on the global charts as he is on the Dance floor, Amsterdam’s Nick Van De Wall drops his daring contribution to the anniversary celebrations. But where his celebrity associations were thought to have been Afrojack’s biggest trial by fire to date, his more reserved take on ‘Bad’ is as respectful a remix as possible under the controversial circumstances. Ditching the bleeps for a 128PM breeze over the timeless top line, his digression of grinding chords and severe pitch bends lead with relative consistency, but don’t quite stay true to the original qualities that made ‘Bad’ such a coming-of-age pop anthem. Although acting as a relatively inoffensive nod to the king of pop, the general consensus remains that the work of Michael Jackson is best left untouched.

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15 Comments to “Release: Michael Jackson – Bad (Afrojack Club Remix)”

  • I actually like this. Not a very big fan of Afrojack, but he did a good job on this remix.

  • very cool drop!

  • The breakdown sounds pretty strange, but the drop is massive!

  • this is really good, very catchy

  • I agree with Ricky.
    This remix is so good! Afrojack takes Mr. MJ’s atmospheric tunes and awesome funky rhythms, and he makes it a club banger!
    Anybody can relate to MJ’s music at some point, so it is hard to take a song like ”Bad”, mix it up, giving a touch of your own style, and make it work without destroying the original. I believe Afrojack has done that. He took the track, added some ”afrotunes” of his own and possibly made the remix of the century!
    Just my thought.

  • More remixes of MJ tracks!

  • MJ just got Afrojacked!

  • really a great remix. been listening to it alot
    just a shame with the pitbull vocal version of the track…

  • The track is still cheesy as is most of his latest work but the drop is pretty damn good. You can still see how talented he is even though he has sold out. Overall the drop is good enough to deem this as a good track.

  • How can you say this is good??? Really ??? Rule number 1 in Life – Never try and remix a MJ Tune. The original is just too good and will make you Remix sound shit!!

  • @Jay; I agree with you. However the drop is pretty filthy, a DUB is in order.

  • Rule number 1 in life is never try remixing a MJ tune?? Come on! We all know number 1 rule in life is surviving until we have reach our goal in life!
    I believe you CAN remix a legendary tune such as ”Bad”. It’s the same as the concept ”Retro”. Taking old stuff and renew them :)

  • Sorry not renew, but implement them into the current music style!

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