"Electric Feel" became MGMT's first Australian ARIA top 50 hit, their first Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles hit (at #14, so the song charted at #114 on the Billboard Hot 100) and their first New Zealand RIANZ top 40 hit. In the United States, the song originally peaked at #20 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, but reached a new peak of #14 almost three years after the original peak, due to a resurgence in sales from exposure on The Voice. (The version of "Electric Feel" covered by The Voice contestant, Preston Pohl also debuted at #21 on the same week)
The song was named #5 on NME 's list of the Best Singles of 2008, and came in at #2 on Australia's Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 2008.
"Electric Feel is a shunting single that cobbles together the instrumental roving of Gary Numan, the high pitch vocal provocation of Scissor Sisters and tops it off with a Timo Maas vibe that varies in impact. Worldly, boundary crossing expressionism is the end result. It is sure to have a range of commentators drawing attention to this backward gazing, yet fresh feeling duo." – David Adair, Angry Ape
The music video features an appearance by The Rock-afire Explosion. The Rock-afire Explosion was an animatronic animal band that played in Showbiz Pizza Place and Circus Pizza in the 1980s and 1990s. In the beginning of the video, two individuals with white and black painted faces can be seen stirring a pot, and later in the video dancing. These two starred in an amateur music video dancing and singing along to MGMT’s "Kids".
The video depicts the band members and various people, cartoon characters, The Rock-afire Explosion, and animal-people partying in the middle of a jungle. They take the moon from the sky, cut it open, and paint themselves in a neon ooze emitting from it. Then put it back in the sky. During the closing sequence, the members of MGMT get on motorbikes (late 1970's Honda CB400Ts) and drive into the moon which then explodes, causing a rain of neon colors to fall on the dancing people.
Its YouTube video has received over 50 million views.
The official remix features former Columbia Records label mate Jim Jones. It was supposed to be featured on his fourth album Pray IV Reign but was cut. In an interview with GQ.com Jim Jones explained how the remix came to be
They did a show [at United Palace Theater] up in Washington Heights, the initial conversation was just that it was an honor to meet them, I think they're kinda cool. And from there it led into me saying, It'd be crazy if I remixed "Electric Feel". They were like, Yeah, that would be crazy. So I said, Let me get the beats and shit.