After first performing together on stage at Coachella in April, Phoenix and R&B hitmaker R. Kelly have unveiled their second collaboration (but their first on record) — a remix of the French band’s “Trying To Be Cool,” off their latest album Bankrupt!.
While a collaboration between the two doesn’t sound natural on paper, Kelly’s soulful flavor adds a nice layer to the band’s current single. While much of lead singer Thomas Mars‘ original vocals were left in the remix, Kells adds noticeable heft to the chorus, and sings “Everybody deserves a good time / Ain’t no exceptions / This feels like heaven” over the track’s grooving production on his own verse. The song further establishes Kelly as a crossover act —sounding completely at ease with Phoenix’s indie rock sound.
Phoenix featuring R. Kelly — “Trying To Be Cool” Remix