“Used to be my Homie” Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel wears many hats, including DJ, music producer, composer and music/film director will release his full-length Random Shit from the Internet Era on February 21 via, Spectraphonic Sound. In celebration of the upcoming release, Spiegel has shared the album track “Used to be my Homie” featuring Freddie Gibbs & BJ The Chicago Kid.
Random Shit from the Internet Era features “20 Below” featuring Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat; “To Whom It May Concern” featuring CeeLo Green, Theophilus London and Alex Ebert; “One Last Time” featuring Goldilox and co-produced by AlunaGeorge’s George Reid; “Wishin’” featuring Bipolar Sunshine; “Champagne” featuring Aynzli Jones and “Perfect” with Tropkillaz featuring Bia and MC Pikachu—as well as never-before-heard tracks featuring special guests RZA, Sia, Busta Rhymes, Elliphant, Assassin and many more.
“I usually love to work conceptually,” notes Spiegel. “Call me old school, but I love making albums that have a theme or concept that carries you through the record. For instance, on N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit of Apollo the theme was space and unity; creating together without geographical, religious, genre or ideological borders. Random Shit from the Internet Era was a different process for me. This is an album comprised of songs which have been created in bits and pieces over many years, some literally over the last 15 years! I had these great songs floating around my brain, and I felt it was time to release them to the world, regardless of whether they fit into a cohesive conceptual album. For that reason, the album is comprised of lots of different feels and genres, disparate frames of mind from my journey through life.”
Additionally, Spiegel is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit of Apollo with a 4-LP box set due January 10 which includes three previously unreleased songs featuring Fatlip (Pharcyde), Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Jimmy Jael (Brother Reade), remixes, a 48-page picture booklet with photos of N.A.S.A. on tour and in the studio, a 24-page LP booklet, a streaming card to watch the Spirit of Apollo documentary and more. Pre-order the box set at https://tinyurl.com/y23537u3.
Spiegel explains, “I’m so geeked about this 10 Year Anniversary Box Set of N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit of Apollo. There was so much that went into this album back when we made it, so many inspiring people made contributions, and the album is so multifarious with all of the musical and visual artists’ contributions, we wanted to do a special edition to commemorate the album, and to include a bunch of extra stuff that didn’t make it on the original version and remixes that came after the release.”
Spiegel’s N.A.S.A. project (with Brazilian DJ Zegon) debuted in 2009 with The Spirit of Apollo featuring appearances by Kanye West, M.I.A., Tom Waits, RZA, David Byrne, ODB and many others. He has gone on to establish himself as a music and film director, serving as music director for Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” tour and Karen O’s Stop the Virgens theatrical project, the latter of which Spiegel co-wrote with Karen and produced.
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