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Listen to The Knocks’ Club-Worthy Remix of ‘Welcome to New York’

Following in Ryan Adams’ well-meaning footsteps, producers The Knocks have attempted to better Taylor Swift‘s questionable 1989 intro track, “Welcome to New York,” with a brand new remix.

The Knocks’ version successfully transforms the song from an overwrought, over-synthesized guess at what the ’80s might’ve sounded like to a modern-day club banger. Keeping things relatively simple, Swift’s vocals are made slightly more tinny, with an increased frequency in pitch, and layered repetitively over a heavy beat.

This isn’t the first time the NYC-based production duo have been involved with something Taylor Swift-related, though their previous effort was markedly different. They collaborated with Matthew Koma on the track “I Wish (My Taylor Swift),” a song that comes off as an ode to Swift’s persona, with lyrics as straightforward as its title. On it, Koma sings at length about his search to find a Swift-like lady: “I wish I could find my Taylor Swift / Be bad as hell, take no one’s sh—t / She’d be the boss and so legit.”

The Knocks aren’t strangers to tweaking pop hits, either: The pair also remixed another huge track, Jack Ü’s and Justin Bieber‘s EDM collaboration “Where Are Ü Now?” back in May 2015.

Listen to The Knocks’ remix of “Welcome to New York” via SoundCloud above. Does it fare better than Swift’s original version? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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