Both these are great. I love the melody and the way the chorus lifts.
In both versions, I’m finding the verse vocals getting buried, but they are harder to hear in the new version. I see you have yet to address the gain issues with them, so I’m looking forward to the finished mix!
You’ll probably hate me for it, but I think I actually prefer the relative simplicity and the groove of the old version of the song. (The horns sound pretty cool, btw!)
If it were up to me, I’d suggest amalgamating the two versions, with the old version being the main part of the song, and the new version being a “reprise” that comes in at the end… I’m trying to think of an example of what I mean… oh ok… here’s one… notice when the main groove of the song finishes around 3:50, it starts again with a reprise that totally alters the feel - it segues from a rock solid driving beat into a kind of faux Gypsy Jazz ending…
Something like that would work really well with the 2 versions you have here, IMO.