Benny Benassi’s hard bass and John Legend’s smooth croon are an unlikely pairing, and the two musicians’ collaboration on “Dance the Pain Away” was similarly unexpected. “This song came about by chance. Working with John is the result of a series of coincidences,” Benassi tells Rolling Stone. “Not only is he unbelievably talented, he’s also really nice.”
The duo bliss out in the video for “Dance the Pain Away,” as Benassi cruises in a Porsche 550 Spyder while Legend sings among the seaside hills. Benassi’s bass thumps still drive the track, but the synths wash over Legend’s vocal caresses.
Benassi counts the partnership as one of his best moments, particularly Legend’s surprise appearance when he performed the track for the first time at Coachella in April. “It was one of the highlights of my career,” Benassi says.
“Dance the Pain Away” is the first single off Benassi’s forthcoming album; its title and release date have not yet been announced.