New DJ mix: Drum & Bowie – a tribute mix

This mix is a tribute to David Bowie, selecting some of his fast music from the 1980s and after, especially his forays into drum & bass, which debuted dramatically on Earthling (1997) but didn’t end there. Despite their common tempo in this mix (about 169 bpm), the musical diversity of these tracks demonstrates the extraordinary breadth and depth of Bowie’s creativity.

The resulting mix is an eclectic, uptempo trip through a vastly eclectic oeuvre.

And it’s a modest way to say: thank you for the changes, and safe travels among the stars.
As a friend remarked, Bowie “taught a few generations how to break norms, dream, just dance, sing out one’s fantasies and imagine a better world. … I think our world will not be the same without him but it is different because of him and maybe this is all one can ask for.”

Track list
1) 00:00 DJ Skratch Bastid, “Let’s Dance” turntablism routine
2) 01:24 Davy Jones, “A Better Future” (Heathen, 2002)
3) 05:11 David Robert Jones, “I’m Deranged” jungle mix (Outside, 2007)
4) 11:27 David Bowie, “The Last Thing You Should Do” (Earthling, 1997)
5) 15:39 Major Tom, “I Took a Trip On A Gemini Spacecraft” (Heathen, 2002)
6) 18:36 Ziggy Stardust, “Dead Man Walking” (Earthling, 1997)
7) 21:48 Aladdin Sane, “I Would Be Your Slave” (Heathen, 2002)
8) 26:14 The Man Who Fell To Earth, “Real Cool World” (Songs From The Cool World, 1992)
9) 30:14 The Thin White Duke, “We Prick You” (Outside, 1995)
10) 34:14 Halloween Jack, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” (★, 2015)
11) 38:35 Jareth The Goblin King, “Little Wonder” (Earthling, 1997)
12) 43:42 Major Tom, “Dancing Out In Space” (The Next Day, 2013)
13) 46:48 The Man Who Sold The World, “Telling Lies” (Earthling, 1997)
14) 49:06 David Bowie, “Modern Love” (Let’s Dance, 1983)

Fun fact: Mixcloud’s Terms of Service both a) prevent a full tracklist from being displayed before playback, and b) regionally restrict playback of mixes featuring more than 4 songs by any one artist. Conveniently, Bowie was many artists.

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One response to “New DJ mix: Drum & Bowie – a tribute mix

  1. I loved Bowie, and I loved all his many incarnations. He was a consummate artist and a rebel with a cause. His final album is an absolute triumph, and especially the song “Lazarus.” It’s almost prophetic, and speaks so poignantly (especially now) to our human fragility. He always made a social commentary. His music could express fear and anxiety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slKNd22GGaQ. Sensationalism before priorities, as well as our ultimate powerless: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYYRH4apXDo. But then, Bowie was exceptionally good at portraying optimism in spite of a difficult world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8NZa9wYZ_U.
    I hope you enjoy these selections, and if they are on your favorites list already, then I hope you enjoy them again. I agree with your friend that Mr Bowie improved the world. Not many people can cause others to sing and dance. I’ll leave you with this gem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G4jnaznUoQ. “All we need is music, sweet music…”

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