James Murphy opens his remix of David Bowie's “Love Is Lost” with a curtain call in the vein of Steve Reich. But Bowie's not ready to take a bow just yet, and his new album's cover art makes clear his intentions for rebirth, one of the sweetest fruits of his genius. And James Murphy is ecstatic to be a part of one: his ten minute remix relishes every one of Bowie's distraught syllables, pushing them to the front over a twinkling panorama of pinhole synth bleeps, sweeping echoes and doleful piano. Spacey and apocalyptic, like the last thing Major Tom heard before incineration. There's a direct nod to the past though, in the opening piano stabs of “Ashes To Ashes” placed in the mix's middle. It's not a nostalgic plea, but a reverent nod, to continued creative momentum under impossible circumstances. Whether it's drugs, the critics, or death itself, Bowie always seems up for another encore.
The deluxe edition of The Next Day is out November 5th on Columbia