The track premiered on BBC 6Music this morning.
“Any remix I’ve done I almost never use any of the original music,” Murphy told 6Music. “The challenge for me is to create a new track that serves the vocal in a different way but doesn’t make the vocal seem pasted on.”
“It’s been many years since I’ve done a remix, so no matter who it was for I would’ve been stressed out,” he admitted.
Listen closely to the cosmically-inclined electro track and you can hear a reference to Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’, plus an introduction based on US composer Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’, hence the remix’s title. According to CoS, the opening clapping sequence was recorded with Hisham Bharoocha, formerly of Black Dice.
Yesterday a stripped-back reworking of Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’ – previously heard in snippet form on a smartphone ad – was unveiled in full. The chameleonic pop legend’s latest record is also a favourite to win this year’s Mercury Prize.
An expanded version of The Next Day featuring Murphy’s remix is due out on November 4, featuring a 10-track bonus CD (including four previously unreleased tracks) and a DVD of the four excellent videos made for the album.
Hear ‘Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix):