There's a lot of clapping...
The Next Day

James Murphy has stepped in to remix David Bowie - listen to the results now.

David Bowie is an arch cultural curator. Able to survey the landscape of pop culture, the English artist can thread together disparate influences into something new, provocative.

So it comes as no surprise to learn that a handful of remixes have been commissioned for new album 'The Next Day'. James Murphy has stepped in to re-work 'Love Is Lost' with the DFA mainstay giving the material a Steve Reich inspired spin.

Emerging online, the remix opens with handclaps before settling into a repetitive, minimalist arrangement inspired by the famed American composer. Consequence of Sound has spoken to James Murphy, who outlined the remix process:

"I was obsessed with Steve Reich’s clapping music, so I opened (the remix) with a phasing clapping piece" he said. "I had a couple people. I had Hisham Bharoocha, who’s this percussionist-artist. He used to be in Black Dice and he’s done stuff with the Boredoms and he’s a friend of mine. So he was in town and I hadn’t seen him. He was doing this (piece) over at the Gallery where he was smashing up a room with some other percussionist-artists and I hadn’t seen him in a long time, so I literally just wanted an opportunity to hang out with my friend and work on something (laughs) since I’m always working and they’re always working. Sometimes you just have to be, 'let's do this thing together', so I had him come over and we just made this little clapping, phasing clapping piece, that began the track. It was originally going to be the whole remix, just clapping."

Listen to the remix below.

The expanded version of 'The Next Day' is set to be released on November 4th.

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