Dance music is just one of many areas that Bowie’s lasting footprint can be felt, reflected in the outpouring of grief from artists such as a Sven Väth, Goldie, Moby, Laurent Garnier, Disclosure, Laurel Halo and Kerri Chandler today.
Carl Craig highlighted his influence, writing on Twitter: “RIP David Bowie. He inspired Kraftwerk, so he also inspired Techno music.”
RIP David Bowie, one of the most influential artists of all time.
‘LOVE IS LOST’ (HELLO STEVE REICH MIX BY JAMES MURPHY FOR THE DFA)
James Murphy’s remix samples Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’, and the track itself feels like the gradual shift and then surge of energy of a crowd moving from slow-clap to ovation, building from minimal beginnings into a passionate, swelling climax.
‘JUMP THEY SAY’ (LEFTFIELD REMIX)
Bowie’s emotive ‘Jump They Say’ was an expression of grief for his schizophrenic brother Terry following his suicide. Here it gets a progressive house workout from seminal electronic group Leftfield.
‘A BETTER FUTURE (REMIX BY AIR)’
AIR’s remix of the ‘Heathen’ album track traverses from subdued to chaotic production, opening softly with a single tone and gradually incorporating more and more hectic ideas into the mix, including an evil-sounding, robotic vocoder sample.
‘SPACE ODDITY’ (SUNDANCE Remix)
The French duo somehow manages to transmute Bowie’s ode to interstellar alienation into something surprisingly quirky and cheery.
‘REBEL REBEL’ (SOULWAX CLUB MIX)
Perhaps the most dancefloor-primed number on this list. The glam rock guitars and thumping percussion combine to form an irresistible, booty-shaking club anthem.
via Mixmag and Billboard