Paul Simon's “Graceland” to Receive Dance Remix Album
- American singer-songwriter Paul Simon's GRAMMY-winning 1986 album "Graceland" has received a special 2018 reworking with eleven dance music artists and DJs, the likes of MK, Richy Ahmed, Paul Oakenfold, and Groove Armada.
The Simon-approved remix album, which features all 11 of the Graceland's tracks reinterpreted, including two versions of "Homeless", is due out June 1st on Legacy Recordings/Sony Music.
On April 6th, the first 5 tracks, "The Boy In the Bubble", "You Can Call Me Al", "Graceland", "Crazy Love, Vol. II" and "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints", were shared via streaming music services.
"Graceland" was released in August 1986 as Paul Simon's seventh solo studio album. Recorded in 1985 and 1986, the album features an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including pop, rock, a cappella, zydeco, isicathamiya, and mbaqanga.
The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Record of the Year, and is estimated to have sold up to 16 million copies worldwide.
In February 2018, Paul Simon announced his retirement from touring after death of guitarist Vincent Nguini.
- Richy Ahmed said of his thunderous remix of "The Boy In the Bubble";
“To say it was an honour to mix one of Paul Simon’s tracks is an understatement. It is one of my favourite tracks ever.”
Groove Armada's Andy Cato said in a statement;
“What do you say when someone asks you to remix a classic? Well normally, No! It’s a rule we’ve managed to follow for 20 years. Until we got a call about remixing a track from Graceland. Here was an album…which had opened our ears to a new world of sound. We decided to break the rule because we could choose a tune. In [“You Can Call Me Al”] was a horn riff which we’d been dropping in our sets ever since we tried it at Fais Do-Do’s Ballroom in LA back in 1998 and it created an electric moment of dancefloor unity. So the remix wrote itself and our ace-in-the-pack Horn Drop is now public property.”
- source : Rolling Stone