R.E.M. are not exactly the kind of band whose music lends itself to dance remixes. And if someone was going to put together an R.E.M. EDM remix, you’d think it would be one of the band’s sillier songs, like “Stand” or “Shiny Happy People.” But no: The Denver progressive house producer Joman has gone straight to the band’s 1987 classic “The One I Love,” turning it into a counterintuitive dancefloor thumper. Talking to We Got This Covered, Joman says, “I’ve had it in mind for a while to remix that song for two reasons. 1) I love the vocal and 2) the original is the perfect tempo for a club track at almost exactly 128 BPM – so I didn’t have to do much time stretching.” The members of R.E.M. liked the remix enough to post it on their website, calling it “really excellent.” Listen to it below and see if you agree.
That bassline does work surprisingly well in this context.