Yesterday’s release of “Where Are We Now,” the first song by David Bowie in a decade, takes a overt look back at his legendary days in Berlin in the mid-’70s, recording what has become known as the “Berlin Trilogy” of albums—Low, Heroes and Lodger—with Brian Eno. This infamous period produced such Bowie classics as “Sound + Vision” and “Heroes,” but perhaps more importantly, it found the songwriter and producer duo exploring the realms of instrumental ambient music on many of the tracks. Since that fertile creative period, the shape-shifting glam rock Bowie has often explored the electronic side of music. Here are some of his best efforts.
On Tuesday, Radiohead celebrated the release of their TKOL RMX 1234567 album with an event in London that featured DJ sets by TKOL remixers Jamie XX, Caribou, Lone and Illum Sphere. The evening started off with a brief set by Thom Yorke, who has been spending plenty of time behind the decks lately—including a surprise set at Low End Theory last spring. You can download Yorke’s set, which featured tracks from Headhunter, Madvillian, Aphex Twin and Ramadanman, and watch the singer play records on The Boiler Room website.
Next up for Yorke is a mix he did for the BBC’s 6Mix, which will air on Sunday, Oct. 17th. The show features Yorke playing and discussing some of his favorite current records, including Zomby, Low, Emika and James Blake. He also plays a few Radiohead remixes that didn’t make it onto the TKOL RMX 1234567 record. Check out the tiny teaser for the show.