Exclusive: Benny Benassi & John Legend, 'Dance the Pain Away' (Eelke Kleijn Remix)

Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi

Italian electro house institution Benny Benassi tested pop waters in collaborating with Grammy Award-winning crooner John Legend last year.

The result was “Dance the Pain Away,” the first vocal single off his forthcoming album Back to the Pump.

Now Rotterdam native Eelke Kleijn has given the track a smooth deep house rework built on throwback Chicago bass and shuffling hi hats. In selecting and re-arranging choice snippets of Legend’s sultry voice, the Dutch producer has effectively transformed the singer into a repeated sample that perfectly the complements the remix’s relaxed groove.
Listen to the full premiere of Eelke Kleijn’s remix exclusively on Billboard:

As a longtime admirer of Legend’s work, Benassi says he valued the opportunity to enter the studio with a musician of his caliber.

“I was thrilled to be able to make this track with John Legend,” says Benassi. “It was a real honor. And it's amazing to see it come to life in this awesome deep house remix.”

Eelke Kleijn’s remix of Benny Benassi & John Legend’s “Dance the Pain Away” will be available through Ultra Records on August 8.


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