First it was Kendrick Lamar, now we’re told that David Bowie’s new album is inspired by rap outlaws Death Grips and Warp recluses Boards of Canada.
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin revealed the unlikely inspirations while relaying his admiration for Bowie’s voracious cultural appetite.
“I was so inspired by how much music and literature David’s checked out; he is constantly looking for new things, to listen to and to read,” McCaslin told Uncut.
“For instance, when describing one of the first songs we recorded, ‘Somewhere’, David referenced the Boards Of Canada song ‘Alpha And Omega’ as an approach. We’d talk about Death Grips, this band in California [too]”.
We already know that James Murphy appears on the album and that producer Tony Visconti was aiming to “avoid rock and roll”. All will be revealed when Blackstar is released on January 8, 2016, Bowie’s 69th birthday.
Hear the first single from the album, ‘Blackstar’, in Bowie’s surreal new video. [via NME]