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12 O'Clock Track: James Murphy remixes David Bowie


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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.

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