Listen to orchestral versions of Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and more
Earlier this week, we reported on a new concept album from Scandinavian conductor Hans Ek titled Dance Music Symphony, offering orchestral covers of 17 iconic electronic music compositions. Spanning everything from Swedish House Mafia’s “Greyhound” to older classics like Underworld’s “Born Slippy,” the tracklist presented an accurate summation of dance culture across the years, touching upon legendary acts old and new. Now, ahead of the album’s release on Friday, June 24, we’ve received the exclusive full stream.
Dance Music Symphony offers precisely what it promises: rich orchestral reimaginings of our favorite dance music staples. Composed by Ek in tandem with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the album is best appreciated as one continuous stream as the tracks naturally blend into each other.
As you’d expect from the sheer diversity of the selections, some songs translate much more naturally into symphonic form than others — a testament to the beautiful musicianship behind many of these compositions. The Chemical Brothers’ “Galvanize,” for instance, is not only instantly recognizable, but arrestingly infectious in orchestral format. Other favorites include the reworking of deadmau5’s “Strobe” — a song that fans have clamoring for in symphonic form since its arrival back in 2009 — as well as Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic,” which Ek noted already contains elements of Vivaldi and Prokofiev.
Dance Music Symphony will receive its world premiere on July 2, on the main stage of Sweden’s largest music festival, Bråvalla, where it will be performed by the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Check out the album full stream below: