Dance Legend Giorgio Moroder Gives Coldplay's 'Midnight' a Disco Remix

Producer stretches track from understated five-minute EDM experiment into eight-minute dance floor banger

Giorgio Moroder performs in Los Angeles, California.
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April 21, 2014 8:45 AM ET

One of Coldplay's most unassuming tracks off their forthcoming record Ghost Stories is now its most danceable. Electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder, who has collaborated with Donna Summer, Blondie and Daft Punk, has shined his disco ball on the pop-rockers' EDM-leaning, chill-out cut "Midnight," which the group debuted in February.

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While the original track bowed out after five minutes, Moroder has turned it into a lengthier, harder-hitting eight-minute affair with no time squandered. He adds a pounding bass-drum beat from the onset and then uses the synth filigrees toward the end of the track – the part of the song's video that goes from black and white to stop-motion color so (presumably) Chris Martin can wave his arms to the music – to build it into something that would have once backed Summer. Vocal "aahs" and soft pads of synths, alongside robotic chanting in French, make the track more Moroder than Martin for the final four minutes. Today, the Moroder version hits iTunes, where Coldplay fans can already download the track.

The group's full Ghost Stories album comes out May 19th, and the band has been hard at work promoting the record. In March, they released the more upbeat and pop/rock-focused single "Magic," which they later followed with a magic-oriented video. In the clip, Martin plays both hero and villain, fighting for the affection of a female magician. That same month, the group played some Ghost Stories tunes live at the iTunes Festival at South by Southwest and later played the LP in full on a Los Angeles soundstage to an audience of 800. The group has two U.S. tour dates planned so far to support the record, including one in Los Angeles on the day it comes out.

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