Decca Classics is opening up its rich catalog of legendary piano recordings to some of the world's foremost electronic producers for a new album entitled Re:works Piano. The twelve-track release features remixes by the likes of Cagedbaby, Anders Bruk, Lixo, Vito Gatto, Hardway Brothers, Chris Massey, Soul Mekanik, Third Son, Lost Unicorns, Second Storey & Appleblim, Dusty Kid and Raf Rundell.
British electronic music producer, vocalist, and DJ Cagedbaby, also known as Thomas Gandey, has taken on Satie's celebrated Gymnopédie No.1, injecting life into the distinctive melody with up-tempo percussive beats and soaring synths. Anders Bruk's remix of Gymnopédie No.2 takes the piece down a darker path, drawing on deeper, more psychedelic techno flavors, while Lixo's interpretation of Gymnopédie No.3 delivers an ambient electronic cut, incorporating sporadic vocals that is both delicate and compelling. The album also features remixes of Debussy's Reverie 68 by Second Storey & Appleblim, Beethoven's beloved Moonlight Sonata by Dusty Kid, and Third Son's take on Chopin's Prelude No.15.
Over the last few years, the lines between classical and contemporary electronic music have been blurred more than ever before. High-profile collaborations from some of the scene's leading figures have brought the compatibility of these seemingly disparate genres into sharp focus, opening doors to new avenues of musical exploration. Re:works seeks to further establish the common ground between the historic and modern day aspects of musical composition, opening the hallowed Decca vaults to a selection of seminal electronic artists.