A historic remix
If one chooses to, they can think of a remix like a cover that uses the original vocals, but alters the instrumentals. Disco maven Joey Negro’s remix of Christopher Cross’ epic 80’s hit “Ride Like the Wind” is one of these remixes that appears to be more of an instrumental cover. Joey Negro keeps Christopher Cross’ and background vocalist Michael McDonald’s iconic voices just as they sound in the original, a nod to the two legends. He also maintains the original song’s upbeat keyboard patterns and Latin drum slaps, but features the drums in a much more prominent role than the original did, in the foreground rather than the background. Replacing synths with a symphony of strings and bass, Joey Negro strays away from the rock and roll feel of the original and goes for a more energetic, orchestral arrangement. The most noticeable different between the original and the remix is in fact not very apparent at first, but when listening to the two tracks side by side, one after the other, the percussion is what makes all the difference.