Jean-Michel Jarre announces OXYMOREWORKS, a collection of collaborations with other artists, to be released on November 3. The nine-track body of work comprises re-works of tracks from his 2022 album OXYMORE, some of which have been revealed over previous months. Each track has been meticulously composed and produced by Jarre in direct collaboration with each featured artist, resulting in a distinctive new version that showcases the collective artistry of both musicians. The album spans a broad spectrum of electronic genres and includes the hypnotic, expensive techno of “SEX IN THE MACHINE TAKE 2” with Nina Kraviz, the cinematic “SYNTHY SISTERS TAKE 2” with Adiescar Chase, the warm, uplifting progressive opus of “EPICA TAKE 2” with Marseille-based electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist French 79; “EPICA EXTENSION” with Brian Eno; “BRUTALISM TAKE 2” with Martin Gore; and “BRUTALISM REPRISE” with Deathpact.
The collection also features “EPICA MAXIMA,” a collaboration with Armin Van Buuren. The two artists have previously worked together on the hugely popular track “Stardust,” which appeared on Jarre’s 2015 album Electronica.
Speaking about the collection, Jean-Michel Jarre said: “OXYMORE held a special place in my heart, as it embarked on a truly unique sonic journey. With the profound joy of collaborating with fellow artists, much like my previous venture, Electronica, I aimed to foster a fresh perspective on my music. I extended my hand to musicians whose distinct talents I believed would infuse an intriguing dimension into each track. OXYMOREWORKS stands as a testament to the art of collaboration; a vibrant collection of musical dialogues."
To mark the announcement of OXYMOREWORKS, Jarre reveals his collaboration with French techno producer Irène Drésel, “ZEITGEIST BOTANICA.” The new version of “ZEITGEIST” sees the two artists create a multi-layered narrative with otherworldly rhythms and spacious, mesmerising synths.
Listen to "ZEITGEIST BOTANICA" here: