A new David Bowie tribute album called Modern Love is set for release in May 2021 via BBE, and it’s set to highlight the influence of Black music and culture on Bowie’s catalogue.
The collection was put together by DJ and executive Drew McFadden alongside label founder Peter Adarkwah, and it features Khruangbin covering “Right,” Helado Negro covering “Sound & Vision,” Tortoise’s Jeff Parker covering “Soul Love,” and more.
Announcing our forthcoming David Bowie tribute album ‘Modern Love’ with first single ‘Space Oddity’ reinterpreted by Grammy-nominated twins, @weareKING
Commencing countdown… liftoff is on January 8th, Bowie's birthday. 🚀
— BBE Music (@bbemusic) December 9, 2020
“I felt that the connection between Bowie and Black music styles and culture (especially soul, R&B, jazz, funk, and gospel) had never really been explored before – at least not so much in covers, which tend to lean towards rock,” McFadden explains. “Certainly, there’s been plenty of Bowie covers over the years, but none that have really tapped into what seems to have been a big part of his core musical style and direction.”
On January 8th, Bowie’s birthday, We Are KING will release their cover of “Space Oddity,” which you can preview here.