In the inevitable department, James Murphy, DFA head honcho and former mastermind of LCD Soundsystem
, remixes David Bowie, an artist of whom Murphy is a vocal fan (the LCD Soundsystem song "All I Want,"
after all, bears an extrastrong resemblance to Bowie's "Heroes"
). Taken off an expanded edition of Bowie's most recent album, The Next Day
, "Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy)" is notable for the ways in which Murphy folds Bowie's myriad 70s guises into ten and a half minutes while also wrangling some of the latter's influences (and, one could argue, some of the artists he influenced). The first half cribs composer Steve Reich
's "Clapping Music,"
a minimalist piece that samples and loops the sound of clapping, then harnesses that into a steady, airy, percolating, art-pop number. The song's dynamism is revealed halfway through, when it transforms into a stomping, glammy, synth-boogie song that references everything from Bowie's Ziggy Stardust years
to his 1980 song "Ashes to Ashes"
to the DFA's postpunk-sounding dance-rock
. Despite all the palpable touchstones, the song still feels totally original, and begs for a full-LP collaboration. One of the year's most interesting singles, and streaming below the jump.