Phoenix and R. Kelly

Having already turned some heads at the first weekend of this year’s Coachella Festival, the unlikely combination of French alternative rock band Phoenix and infamous R&B superstar R. Kelly is back, this time in a studio setting. The result? A reworking of “Trying To Be Cool,” which just so happens to be my favorite track from Phoenix’s latest release, Bankrupt!

While I’m usually reluctant to listen to remixes of tracks I love, this one is hitting all the right notes with me. Throwing in some new beats and R. Kelly’s urban swagger transforms “Trying To Be Cool” into a dance floor-ready tune that would work just as well for a house party as it would a long road trip. I, for one, can’t wait to see what this collaboration-that-shouldn’t-work-but-weirdly-does puts out next.

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