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AJR - "Weak (Cheat Codes Remix)" (premiere)

AJR's mega pop hit "Weak" gets a tropical remix from EDM producer Cheat Codes.

Comprised of three young New York City brothers (Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met), AJR came blasting out of the gate with the massive hit single "I’m Ready", which got them TV appearances as well as a Platinum certification. The group has risen to fame in a manner that could only happen in this age of social media. AJR started by busking around NYC, and one day the group tweeted a link to their latest song to 80 celebrities, including the marvelous Sia. She liked the tune so much that she passed it along to her label and the rest is history.

AJR's infectious indie pop has also earned them another hit in "Weak", and today we're presenting the premiere of Cheat Codes' remix of the anthemic song, which adds a tropical flair to the song. The track will appear on their May 5th release of the Weak Remixes EP, which will include this remix. Cheat Codes added an EDM varnish to "Weak", making it more of a dancefloor number, but also chose to dial back the instrumentation on the soaring chorus. Applying a touch of minimalism to such a huge tune as "Weak" actually highlights the strength of the central melody.

Ryan says, “Cheat Codes have such a feel-good, tropical sound to them, really unique in the EDM world. It was cool to see their interpretation of "Weak".

Meanwhile, on June 9th, AJR will release their full-length debut, The Click, which will include all five songs from What Everyone’s Thinking EP and eight new songs. The group will also embark on the second part of their tour that began earlier this year (dates below).

TOUR DATES

June 10 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!

June 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!

June 21 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom – ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!

July 7 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

July 8 Covington, KY @ Madison Live

July 11 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National

July 13 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II

July 16 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

July 18 Oklahoma City @ Diamond Ballroom

July 19 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

July 20 Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock)

July 26 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock

July 28 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (Parish)

August 1 Fresno, CA @ Strummers

August 2 Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone

August 4 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

August 6 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

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