As a general rule, Israeli singer Asaf Avidan does not like his songs being remixed, but he agreed to have German DJ Wankelmut release a retooling of his band’s single “One Day/Reckoning Song“. Since its release earlier this year, the Wankelmut remix has become the number one single on the German music charts, and the most downloaded song this week on iTunes in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.
The Israeli folk-rock singer is unique in that he sings in English. His voice and style are said to be resemble a cross between Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and folk rock singer Janis Joplin.
Avidan and the Mojos performed several times in Europe last year, including several shows in Germany in June, July and November. Wankelmut heard Avidan at one of those shows, and was enthralled by the Israeli’s voice, style and musical talent. According to Ynet, the 24 year-old DJ made the remix before contacting Avidan, and only after the revised version was ready did he request and receive the Israeli’s permission.
The remix is based on “Reckoning Song”, from Avidan and the Mojos’s first album, released in an eponymous album in 2008. Since then, the band also released the album “Poor Boy/Lucky Man” in 2009 (which reached #108 in 2011 on the French music chart SNEP) and “Through the Gale” in 2010.
Copies of the Wankelmut remix uploaded to YouTube since January have accrued upwards of 16,500,000 views.
The German music charts are very highly regarded, second to Britain among European charts.
The success of Wankelmut’s remix has been brewing for several weeks. When it was first released by the legal music download site Beatport in early June, the song quickly became the top-rated download.
According to Avidan’s official website, a new album, “Different Pulses” is set for an early Israeli release in September 2012 and an international release sometime in early 2013.