Calvin Harris Remixes Killers' 'When You Were Young' – Song Premiere

DJ and producer adds synth spin to rockers' hit

The Killers
Courtesy of Island Def Jam
October 25, 2013 9:10 AM ET

The Killers are taking a look back at their impressive career with the release of the singles compilation Direct Hits, out November 11th on Island Records. (You can pre-order on iTunes now.) To celebrate, the band is inviting fans to share their favorite Killers memories, and they're also giving listeners two brand-new tracks, one of which ("Shot at the Night") was produced by M83's Anthony Gonzalez. The bonus jams continue on Direct Hits' deluxe edition, which will include an original demo of "Mr. Brightside" as well as a remix of "When You Were Young" courtesy of Calvin Harris.

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Now you can take an exclusive first listen to Harris' reworking of the Sam's Town cut. The dance king gives the Killers' beloved ballad his signature synth spin, and it's no surprise the original's soaring main riff and Brandon Flowers' massive vocals fit so well into the thumping EDM beat.

"It was a real honor to be asked to remix one of my favorite modern bands, and it was an exciting challenge for me to update this classic track for the dancefloor in a tasteful and respectful way," Harris tells Rolling Stone.

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