J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente” is already an absolute classic. Though not at the level of “Despacito,” Spanish-language singles are starting to break into the American main stream and if it’s songs of this caliber, we have no complaints whatsoever.
To make things even better, the hit song has received a host of remixes from some of the best of the best: Alesso, Dillon Francis, Cedric Gervais, Henry Fong, and Steve Aoki, as well as Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. Keep in mind that the original has a pretty consistent Latin rhythm to it that doesn’t stray very far from a certain point for the duration of the song…
Alesso’s remix pumps up the energy from the get-go by about a bajillion percent. Already the tempo is more fired up and electrified, and all of the small effects layered on top of the original make it more exciting and dancefloor-ready. The looped vocal chops remain throughout the song, giving it some repetition and melody, though it’s not until the final few second that the track really hits that peak energy and we love it.
The Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano remix strives to make the song arena-ready, and somewhat succeeds, but doesn’t really do much to the original except put some harder kicks on it with some subtle synths. Overall, you’d be better off just sticking with the original.
Steve Aoki remixes “Mi Gente” with the same goal as Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and manages to do it 10x better. From the very beginning, you can tell that this one is going to go hard and we’re not disappointed at all with the outcome. Is it pretty main stream? Yeah. Can we still dance and pump our fists to it? Yeah, absolutely.
Next up, we have the one and only Dillon Francis, who it seems was born to remix this song. Of course he brings back his moombah roots for this and it’s vibey af. Bouncy percussion and horns aplenty mark this remix as notable among all the others, though we’re a bit disappointed that all three drops are basically the same. When you have that many, you could put in a little bit of variety at least on the last one.
Cedric Gervais is perhaps the surprise winner of these remixes; after a rather dull introduction, the drop hits you with one of the most addictive rhythms of the group. It’s super high energy and a complete earworm, especially with that looping vocal chop that every producer has embraced with open arms.
Last up, we have Henry Fong who goes the moombah route, same as Dillon. Their styles are noticeably different, utilizing different synths and percussion, yet still ending up with the same result. It’s as if a math teacher gave you an answer, and told you to come up with the question to reach it… there are an infinite number of possibilities, but you’ll still always end up with that original answer.
All remixes are available below and on Spotify!
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