Ed O'Brien delivers riotous remix of Paul McCartney's Slidin' in new release from McCartney III Imagined

Ed O'Brien and Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney has unveiled Ed O’Brien’s rendition of his track Slidin’, which first appeared on his 2020 album, McCartney III.

The Radiohead guitarist's riotous remix, which opts for an up-tempo feel, reimagines the track as a high-octane rocker, super-charging the huge bed of thrash-y electric guitars, punchy power chord stabs and adding a layer of ethereal synths that weave their way through the length of the song.

O’Brien doesn't pull his punches, and further shifts things up a gear by the time the guitar-lead middle eight comes around, transforming the once-easy-going melodic phrasing into a hectic, head-banging-inducing breakdown. You can listen to the full track below.

The remix is taken from McCartney’s upcoming cover album McCartney III Imagined, which sees the Beatles legend recruit an array of music industry heavyweights, including St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Beck, Anderson .Paak and Dominic Fike, to offer up their own unique spins on his tracks.

While speaking to BBC Radio 6 about the project, O’Brien said, “I really liked [Slidin’], and so I said to Paul Epworth, would you fancy getting stuck in? He was really up for it. It was great.

“A moment of light in the darkness of the winter that’s just been,” he continued. “We had a lot of fun. Got into [McCartney’s] vocals and added some chaos, some guitar– my reference point was Helter Skelter, ramp up the intensity!”

Slidin’ is the third offering from the highly anticipated album, with Dominic Fike’s rendition of The Kiss of Venus having been unveiled as the record’s lead single. Beck’s cover of Find My Way has also been released.

McCartney III Imagined is set to drop on April 16.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.