"Cobra's always been a vehicle for me to collaborate with lots of people and experiment with different things," Saporta explains. He first collaborated with his Atlantic Records label mates Icona Pop via a remix of their Charli XCX-assisted hit "I Love It." The duo liked it so much that they asked Saporta to use it in their live show, which ultimately led to their appearance on the new Cobra single, which also features songwriting credit with John Ryan and Wallpaper.
Check out Cobra Starship's remix of Icona Pop's "I Love It":
Lately, Saporta has been inspired by early-'90s U.K. artists like George Michael, Jesus Jones and EMF, who inspired him by incorporating electronic elements and breakbeats in their music. For the new album, he's teased this sort of a throwback stadium pop vibe, to go along with the obvious millennial feel that a collaborator like Icona Pop brings. He's also mentioned "Good Girls Go Bad" and Night Shades collaborator Kara DioGuardi and rapper Hesta Prynn as guests in the new sessions.
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As for further reunions of his much-loved pop-punk band Midtown, Saporta says "nothing immediate" is planned, as it seems the brief reunion was more of a back-to-the-roots reconnecting process. However, he did recently revisit his bass-playing days on the Monumentour with Fall Out Boy, where he spelled Pete Wentz for a performance of "Death Valley" in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 16. Saporta wore a tank top bearing the phrase "CS 8.25.14" as he played Wentz's Squire and the Fall Out Boy bassist shot a T-shirt cannon off into the crowd.