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Nine awesome David Bowie remixes

RIP to one of the best the world has ever seen

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 11 January 2016

David Bowie is one of the most influential artists of all time.

Throughout his half-a-century-spanning career Bowie pioneered constant innovation and reinvention, impacting developments across a near-universal range of genres, changing the course of musical and world history in his wake, with the German Foreign office today thanking him for helping bring down the Berlin wall.

From Radiohead to Lady Gaga to Kanye West to Marilyn Manson, Bowie was an enduring source of inspiration to cultural icons with his fearless boundary breaking across the spectrum of music, style and performance. He was a truly singular artist, and it is unlikely we will see his like again

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."

In honour of his impact on our corner of the musical world, we have compiled nine of the best David Bowie remixes below. RIP.

'Heroes' (Aphex Twin remix)

A meeting of minds of three genius artists. This remix sees Aphex Twin expertly weave Philip Glass' 'Heroes'-inspired orchestral composition with vocal samples from Bowie's original to breathtaking effect.

'The Hearts Filthy Lesson' (Trent Reznor remix)

Trent Reznor takes one of Bowie's darker works and plunges it further into the abyss with crunching guitars, distortion-soaked synthesizers and relentless percussion.

'Love Is Lost' (Faithless 2014 remix)

Faithless transform the standout track from Bowie's 2013 album 'The Next Day' from a growling, guitar-driven rock song into a euphoric 10-minute trance epic complete with a centrepiece breakdown.

'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.

'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.

'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.

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