Portugal. the Man’s “Modern Jesus,” the latest single from their recently released album Evil Friends, has been reworked by one of the group’s musical idols. Mike D of the Beastie Boys has just offered up his own take on the track, which features some hard-thumping bass and fuzzed out vocals, in a YouTube video. The nearly four-minute clip features a stream of the track, along with footage of someone doodling on a photo of the rapper.
Mike D says he got the opportunity to play around with the track after a conversation with someone from Portugal. the Man's camp.
“I was talking to a friend who happened to work at the band’s label about stuff I was listening to,” he tells Fader. "I mean we do this often, and I mention the Evil Friends album. He hit me back right away asking if I would do a mix, so it was no doubt. I knew I wanted to do the song and push it, make it bump more, trap that s**t out.”
Frontman John Gourley adds he was thrilled to have Mike D take an interest in the band because the Beastie Boys were a huge musical influence on him growing up. “The Beasties introduced us to the world that existed outside of Alaska, and we lived by it,” he explains. “We have referenced Beastie Boys on every album we have made. The dude is a Beatle, in our book, and to get to work with a guy like Mike D is and always has been at the top of our list since we were kids.”
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