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Track of the day : David Bowie : Love Is Lost # Hello Steve Reich mix by James Murphy for the DFA

Listen: James Murphy Remixes David Bowie's

For a guy that seemed to be looking forward to semi-retirement just a couple years ago, James Murphy is certainly managing to keep himself in the limelight, producing for Pulp and Arcade Fire and now offering up a ten-minute remix of “Love Is Lost”, a track from David Bowie‘s excellent comeback album The Next Day. Referencing Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music” (hence the subtitle), as well as Murphy’s previous work (and, at the 6:24 mark, the Thin White Duke’s own classic “Ashes To Ashes”) the makeover not only serves as a reminder of Bowie’s influence on LCD Soundsystem, but also of Murphy’s skills as a producer: as proved recently with “After You” and “Reflektor” – and in the past with The Rapture, Free Energy and countless others – the DFA boss seems to know instinctively what brave new direction, be it dance music, glam rock or avant garde minimalism, will best suit his charges. There’s a pretty obvious joke to be made about Murphy not losing his edge, but I’m not gonna be the one to make it; instead I’m just going to concentrate really hard and try to will a “real” studio collaboration between Bowie and Murphy into existence sometime in the near future. The remix will appear on a 3-disc expanded edition of The Next Day, due November 5 via Columbia; check it out below.


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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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