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Mike Posner, ‘Rocket Man’ Feat. Bun B – Song Review

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On a new cover of Elton John‘s ‘Rocket Man,’ Mike Posner transforms the track into the interstellar song it always should have been, adding synth loops and bloops that take the song to outer space.

While Posner’s sonic effects enhance the song, he also enlists Bun B for a verse in which the rapper spits, “Houston, we got some problems / Don’t know how your boy gonna solve ‘em / The command center just won’t link and the contest down / I don’t know what to think / Happened in a blink.

Posner has posted a video in which he explains the process behind the ‘Rocket Man’ cover. He says, “I really wanted to take this Elton John song and make it as southern and gully as possible, and put as many 808s on the track as possible, so that’s what I did with the beat.” Mission accomplished!

Posner has shown a knack for recasting pop songs as atmospheric grooves, as he did with Coldplay‘s ‘The Scientist.’ The ‘Rocket Man’ remake is featured on Posner’s upcoming mixtape ‘The Layover,’ which you can download for free here.

Listen to Mike Posner’s ‘Rocket Man’

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