Mike Posner, "Cooler Than Me"

63 Billboard Rating

Mike Posner's well-received mixtapes "A Matter of Time" and "One Foot Out The Door" featured "Cooler Than Me," but a remix by Gigamesh is now the Detroit newcomer's first charting single and top 40 hit. The breezy guitar riffs on an earlier version of the song have been scrapped for a smart, two-step production that sounds one part "Sunglasses at Night" and another part Chromeo. Lyrically, Posner takes a stab at those who hide their insecurities behind swagger: "You got designer shades just to hide your face," he croons in a gravely tenor, "and you wear 'em around like you're cooler than me." The mix drips with danceable '80s synths that frame his slick vocal, which includes a memorable falsetto to close the bridge. Expect the buzz surrounding "Cooler Than Me" to increase as Posner plays this summer's Vans Warped tour. -Michael Menachem

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