George Michael’s Older album tracks have been given the electronic treatment.
The late music legend’s team joined forces with Amazon Music and collaborators, including LF System, Emily Nash, Kiimi and Absolute, on the four remixes in a bid to introduce the Faith hitmaker’s music to a “whole new audience”.
LF System’s Fastlove remix is out now, with the rest set to follow on October 7.
The Scottish production duo – comprising Conor Larkman and Sean Finnigan – said: “We were honoured to be asked to remix George Michael – someone who has been so influential in every area of music. He merged dance and pop so effortlessly and we wanted to do that justice with our remix. George Michael’s talent is clear to see through his music but his sampling skills are second to none. He was able to creatively sample numerous songs to make something brand new. It’s something we really admire and has influenced how we make our music. George Michael brought so much positivity to a lot of people and we hope this remix displays even a little bit of that.”
Each track features on different playlists on Amazon Music, Fastlove on The Sound of Modern House, Emily’s remix of The Strangest Thing on Club Rules, Kiimi’s Spinning The Wheel on Signals, and Absolute’s Star People ’97 on Electric Disco.
In a statement, George Michael Entertainment said: “George was a huge fan of dance music and always embraced new talent, so we are delighted that Amazon Music together with these outstanding artists, LF System, Emily Nash, Kiimi and Absolute, is bringing his music to a whole new audience with these exciting remixes.”
Released on 13 May 1996, Older spawned six top three singles in the UK.
The collection sold so well, that the Older and Upper reissue was released 18 months after its original release with bonus content.
George – who died aged 50 in December 2016 – had said of the deeply personal LP: “I think I wrote the best, most healing piece of music that I’ve written in my life.”
The four remixes will only be available to Amazon Music customers.