Producer William Orbit oversees the reproduction of an old demo track from 1984’s ‘The Works’ that drips with synth swells and electro funk.
Queen, together with the English record producer and musician William Orbit, are releasing a new mix of “Let Me In Your Heart Again”, recorded previously during sessions for 1984’s album ‘The Works’. The remix is tailored for a more current ear, while still placing Freddie Mercury’s soaring virtuosity in the forefront, and in so doing so, making the song extremely an extremely accessible ballad re-imagined for today’s ears. There are the filtered synth swells and arpeggiations that we have become so accustomed to hearing in pop-electro and dub-step music, there are tremolo guitar parts through which fuzzed out screams from the lead guitar pierce, there is an electro-disco breakdown that channels ‘Random Access Memories’, and Brian May’s tone and harmony layering in his solo are reminiscent of Tom Scholz of Boston, there is the a phasing chorus of background vocals. Over all, it is an eclectic reworking of the Queen sound that doesn’t stray too far from their original formula; the inclusion of modern production techniques give it a fresh and clean bass end, and a radio accessibility that’s sure to spin it to the top of the charts.
The song’s multitude of ingredients stay true to the recipe that Queen was working with at the time that the demo was recorded. ‘Hot Space’, their previous album, was an extremely synth-heavy album and in its aftermath, Brain May and Roger Taylor had hankering to reignite the rock sound, while still accepting and moving forward with the futuristic electro sound of the German underground scene that Freddie Mercury was into.
The release of this song coincides with a campaign spearheaded by Coca-Cola and (RED) to increase awareness of AIDS treatment called “Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation”. Many recognizable names, such as Bono, Avicii and Wyclef Jean will be contributing through the release of new, unheard material.
It’s been 23 years since the world lost our beloved Freddie Mercury…we’ve made extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS in that time. But we cannot simply rest on the fact that the treatment is available. We must ensure that it is provided. Roger and I are proud to lend this rediscovered song to the (RED) campaign, in the hope that Freddie’s powerful voice can inspire the world yet again.”