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EDITORS’ NOTES

The lead-off singles to Coldplay’s sixth studio album signal something of a sea change for the millennial stadium rockers—“Magic” and “Midnight” are delicately constructed tunes that rely on poised understatement, not explosive emotion. Using the relatively sparse palate of “Midnight” as a starting point, legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder offers an extended remix of synth-infused futurism. Moroder—a father of ‘70s disco and a key player in Daft Punk’s GRAMMY®-winning Random Access Memories—opens the track with a subdued, pulsing bass drum before adding layers of Auto-Tuned vocals, strings, and space-age Studio 54 sparkle.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The lead-off singles to Coldplay’s sixth studio album signal something of a sea change for the millennial stadium rockers—“Magic” and “Midnight” are delicately constructed tunes that rely on poised understatement, not explosive emotion. Using the relatively sparse palate of “Midnight” as a starting point, legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder offers an extended remix of synth-infused futurism. Moroder—a father of ‘70s disco and a key player in Daft Punk’s GRAMMY®-winning Random Access Memories—opens the track with a subdued, pulsing bass drum before adding layers of Auto-Tuned vocals, strings, and space-age Studio 54 sparkle.

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