Photo by Kanya Iwana
There are a quite a few David Bowie covers out there, for good reason. Bowie's music remains timeless, and his influence will always be felt in music. BBE Music has an upcoming David Bowie tribute album due out in May, but instead of the normal rock and pop oriented artists, this compilation will feature Bowie's connection to R&B, jazz, funk, and gospel.
The first song up is We Are KING's version of "Space Oddity." You've heard covers of Bowie's 1972 hit before, but never quite like this. We Are KING keeps the feel of Bowie's original, and even amplify the space feel of the song. This is a space soul/R&B version of "Space Oddity." It's unusual and unexpected, but everything about the man was, too, so this is a very fitting tribute to the late icon.
Amber and Paris Strother of We Are KING explain their choice of "Space Oddity":
“There were so many amazing Bowie compositions to choose from but ‘Space Oddity’ has always been our favourite. It's so visual; it has always felt like time travel in a song. t tells such a vivid and imaginative story of Major Tom's trip through space and it was such a cool experience to reimagine what it'd be like on the voyage.”
You can listen to We Are KING's version of "Space Oddity" below. Modern Love, BBE Music's David Bowie tribute album, will be out May 28. It will also features covers from Khuangbin, Meshell Ndegeocello, Matthew Tavares, and more. For more on We Are KING, check out their website.