Difficult to add a beat to a live performance, because the drummer wouldn't have been keeping perfect time. I wonder if the recorded version might have been an option for you? The rhythm you chose might work even better with Head Over Heels
Please check out this remix I did about a month ago, leave feedback please. I hope you enjoy it.
Just saw this; I'm writing this at midnight, so excuse me if I seem too vague
I'll point out what went awkward in your remix, and I'll throw a few tips in 1. You got the drums, but it's too sparse for a general remix. Don't rely too much on drum loops (?) unless you're confident that you're gonna get the timing tight between the loop and the track. The piano is sparse when it comes to the beat. Like jazz, try to make the timing as tight and precise as you can!
2. The drum beat you chose is too simplistic. Like shoshin , maybe that (ba bum ba bum ba bum) beat is suitable for another song like Head over Heels, but not a jazzy song like En ledig dag. I second his notion about that. Maybe try to level it up a bit with complex, exotic beats (in different time signature, obviously) in tandem with the musical style in En ledig dag? Not all remixes will be 4/4, but it's possible to transform an odd time signature to 4/4.
3. You seem like you're cramming the new elements you gave to Frida's original length. Don't be constrained by the 3:00 limit. Anything above that limit isn't going to hurt anyone.
4. A hook or a 'refrain' is needed to be constructed to appeal the listener. Think of a song as literature, but with a melody and beat. Frida's pre-solo (ba ba ba) and the marimba (you can take any version from En ledig dag and then form it into another one ) is a nice hook for that, but in your remix, it is left alone as part of the song.
5. Softly mix (gradually reduce the volume of) the synth effects so that it doesn't sound like an accidental avant-garde/noise music
6. The song is in Ab (flat) major while your bass is in the key of F (minor, I believe). One puzzle doesn't want to come together with another. Try considering the notes in a particular scale (for example, major scale, mixolydian scale) to stay in touch with the key of 'A flat'
7. There's an unnecessary 'umph' occurring elsewhere. Trade in the unnecessary effects for the melody and the rhythm... focus on that a little more.
8. Try playing around with Frida's voice (and the instruments).. Loop her lyrical recitation.. loop her (ba ba ba), and loop something that you feel is essential to your thinking. Chop it up and then make it sound unique like the sampled choirs, don't be afraid to be bold on that. Isn't that what remixing is all about?
9. Crafting a remixed song is like crafting a restored statue. You have to be a bit more careful and aware with it...
It is a nice try, aside from what I've written! Keep on trying and you'll get there