Since the project was first revealed last winter, numerous questions have been asked of The Nine Skies. None more so though than what meaning lay behind its name. Inside San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Centre last Saturday night, that was answered conclusively. “In a way, it’s wonderfully simple”, said Markus, post-show. “The ‘Skies’ are the nine steps taken on a journey from darkness to light. From unawareness – or how we all enter this world – through levels of consciousness, understanding to ultimate enlightenment.
‘Running Up That Hill’ (available via Spotify and all good download stores from today), is Markus and singer Bev Wild’s club adaptation of Kate Bush’s timeless ‘Running Up That Hill’ and the second Sky to emerge from the project.
Having been premiered on Markus’ Global DJ Broadcast show, the track has already received airplay on Sirius XM, Armin’s A State Of Trance, Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy and Corsten’s Countdown. Giving it an 8.5/10 score, the UK’s DJ Mag said that: “in Bev Wild, Schulz has found a singer who instinctively strikes an almost alchemic balance with her delivery”. The magazine went on to say “all things considered, it walks the line brilliantly”.
Shot in the City Of Lights last month, ‘Running Up That Hill’s Parisian-themed official video is now online on YouTube. Shot around landmarks including The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower, you can watch it in full here: