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Broken Bells Are 'Holding on for Life' in Remix - Song Premiere

Hear an exclusive version cut by Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner

Broken Bells
James Minchin
January 22, 2014 8:00 AM ET

If we tell you there's a distinct Bee Gees aura about the new Broken Bells single, "Holding on for Life," please don't take that the wrong way. Over a throbbing beat and pristine acoustic guitar strums, the Shins' James Mercer hits those sharp falsetto notes the Brothers Gibb made their stock-in-trade during the disco era.

However, Broken Bells' catchy song has much more going for it than a mere nostalgia grab. On this exclusive remix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner boosts the bass and accentuates the song's three-piece-suit quality, giving this Air-y tune a good bit more heft than the album version.

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"We've never really had remixes, but some songs on this album seemed like they could be played with," Danger Mouse, the other half of Broken Bells, tells Rolling Stone. "We really loved how Nick flipped the song, and it makes us want to get more remixes done."

After the Disco comes out on February 4th, followed by a brief, 10-date Broken Bells tour

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