N.A.S.A are a DJ collective who have just released their first album, The Spirit of Apollo. The album features over 30 guest collaborators, among whom you’ll find the likes of Chuck D., David Byrne, DJ Q-Bert, Karen O. (from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Kool Keith, Tom Waits, Method Man, George Clinton, Lykke Li and on and on and on. Huh, I’m not quite sure why I said ‘the likes of’ since there’s not much alike going on in that roll-call.
Unfortunately, in this case, N.A.S.A. stands for North America / South America rather than anything astronautical. Fortunately, I think we’ll all agree that both George Clinton and Kool Keith are quite obviously from outer space.
There are six tracks up on NASA’s Myspace page and more yet on their Youtube channel, all of which are bombs dropped on us from low-earth orbit. There’s a mighty amount of genre-bending going on here – Brazilian funk, hip-hop, Swedish folk-pop, regular funk, big beat, electro – all blended exquisitely. As soon as this album makes its way to the distant tillium-mining colony of Oz I’m grabbing a copy.
N.A.S.A. (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, & Z-Trip) – Money
(bonus points for André the Giant Stencils in the video)
N.A.S.A. (feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith) – Spacious Thoughts
(Not the official video, but seriously, Tom Waits & Kool Keith? ZOMG!)