Listen above to "Back To Earth," lifted off the DJ/producer's just-released Neon Future I album. While Patrick Stump dabbled in synth-pop on his 2011 solo album, you've never heard him belting over such a high-octane EDM production. Longtime FOB fans may need a moment to adjust to the guys on this spacey, punchy dance track complete with beat drops and instrumental dance breaks. But don't worry: You can still hear the guys' live instruments here...even actual drums, which are rather rare for dance tracks.
The in-demand DJ described the atypical recording process for "Back to Earth" to Billboard. "I personally worked with Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump," he explained. "They wrote their lyrics in the studio and sang the vocals. Then later, in a separate studio, the band worked on their live instrumentation, so you get to hear the bass, guitar and drums mixed into a dance record. They were one of my favorite rock collaborations. With the rock, there's the instrumental element. The mixing process is a bit more complex. It's a bigger beast."
Indeed, this record is a beast. How do you feel about FOB going EDM? Let us know.