KCRW Announces Exclusive David Bowie Remixes

posted October 5, 2010

KCRW Announces Exclusive David Bowie Remixes

To celebrate the September 28 release of David Bowie’s hugely influential 1976 album "Station to Station" in expanded Special Edition and Deluxe Edition packages, four DJs from Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9 FM and KCRW.com) have remixed the album's lead single, “Golden Years.” You can hear all four remixes online now exclusively at http://www.kcrw.com/bowie.

"Station to Station" was recorded in LA so it was only fitting for KCRW to take on the task. While it was daunting to touch such a classic track to create remixes that would then be heard by the legendary artist, each DJ took a unique path in recreating, deconstructing or reimagining it.

"Reinterpreting a timeless classic like 'Golden Years' certainly wasn't taken lightly by our DJs,” said KCRW DJ Jason Bentley. “It's an incredible honor and a massively intimidating challenge at the same time. It's important to note that two of our four featured DJs – Eric J Lawrence and Chris Douridas -- had no previous experience with remixing, yet they all brought a fresh perspective to the song and had fun doing it."

Lawrence, who serves as KCRW’s Music Librarian, collaborated with Samuel Bing, frontman for local indie rockers Fol Chen. He honed in on the lyrical content and brought out the darker elements of the song, adding a militaristic rhythm. Chris Douridas, programming curator for KCRW’s all-music stream Eclectic24, focused on the groove using another Bowie track, “Fashion,” as inspiration and with the help of producer Sunny Levine, grandson of Quincy Jones.

DJ Jeremy Sole is a seasoned pro and flew across the country to work with Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, the keyboardist for Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and Amy Winehouse, among others. They replayed the song in a full live setting in Brooklyn’s Dunham Studios -- along with members of Budos Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and Menahan Street Band -- recording 100% analog to 2” tape to get a vintage feel.

Anthony Valadez, also an experienced remixer and club DJ, developed a modern day futuristic boogie feel, complete with atmospheric synths and a great bounce bass line, for a version that is aimed directly at the dancefloor.

“There is a never a night when I DJ out in town and don’t play a Bowie cut,” said Valadez. “Bowie's music defies classification and appeals to all walks of life.”

In fact, with more than 60,000 recordings in KCRW’s Music Library, David Bowie is one of few artists our DJs return to time and time again.

The “Golden Years” remix project is an extension of KCRW’s popular Soundclash series, where the station’s DJs remix a handful of songs from a favorite socially conscious artist, like Femi Kuti and Ozomatli.