New Politics’ “Harlem” gets a little more magical with Magic Man’s new remix.
New Politics’ infectious original is a spiky, Strokes-y bit of indie-rock, full of distorted vocals and sugar-sweet hooks. But Magic Man take it to an entirely different neighborhood.
The remix opens with static and fluctuating synth chords, trading in the track’s rock edge for slow-mo EDM. David Boyd’s fuzzy vocals get softened up like melting ice cream, going from Phoenix to Foster the People.
Magic Man even give the song another hook, embellishing the chorus with a complementary synth melody. It totally makes us want to head uptown and see what’s got these dudes so excited, just as soon as summer banishes the Polar Vortex once and for all. (NO RUSH, SUMMER. WTF?!)
In case you need more Magic Man on your playlist, check out their dynamic 2013 EP, You Are Here. Songs like “Every Day” embrace electronic dance exuberance while others, such as “Nova Scotia,” dive into Killers-style rock melodrama. The Boston five-piece just made their New York-headlining debut at Mercury Lounge, and, in case you missed it the first time, they’re touring with New Politics.
Speaking of, New Politics are busy selling out U.S. dates on their headline tour right now with Magic Man and Sleeper Agent and are heading back out across the U.S. and Europe with Fall Out Boy and Paramore on the “Monumentour” this summer. Because you don’t have to be a New Yorker to LOVE “Harlem.”
Photo credit: Magic Man; RCA