REMIXER SONJAY PRABHAKER’S RADICAL REWORKING OF DAVID BOWIE’S CLASSIC SOUND AND VISION IS RELEASED TODAY AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD SINGLE.
The remixed track first surfaced in an advertising campaign earlier this year, though in truncated form.
Prabhaker worked from Bowie’s original multi-track studio stems, electing to strip away most of the instrumentation to leave only Roy Young’s piano, Mary Hopkin’s backing vocal and Bowie’s ethereal lead.
SOUND AND VISION was originally co-produced by Tony Visconti during what has come to be regarded as Bowie’s Berlin period – though it was actually recorded at Château d’Hérouville in France. Released as the first single from 1977 album LOW, it reached number three in the UK charts.
The song has been covered numerous times over the years – perhaps most notably earlier in 2013, when a striking 167-piece orchestra and choir performed a nine-minute cut-up “reimagining” from Beck. An EP of officially sanctioned remixes has also previously been issued. In 1991 Manchester electro outfit 808 State remixed the song twice, and that release also featured a remix by David Richards (who has been a long-term collaborator, co-producing the NEVER LET ME DOWN and OUTSIDE.1 albums, amongst others).
The new two-track digital EP featuring Prabhaker’s eery remix – titled SOUND AND VISION (2013) – and a remastered version of the original song is available from iTunes (here).