Yesterday’s release of “Where Are We Now,” the first song by David Bowie in a decade, takes a overt look back at his legendary days in Berlin in the mid-’70s, recording what has become known as the “Berlin Trilogy” of albums—Low, Heroes and Lodger—with Brian Eno. This infamous period produced such Bowie classics as “Sound + Vision” and “Heroes,” but perhaps more importantly, it found the songwriter and producer duo exploring the realms of instrumental ambient music on many of the tracks. Since that fertile creative period, the shape-shifting glam rock Bowie has often explored the electronic side of music. Here are some of his best efforts.
Famed disco icon Nile Rodgers has apparently been spending time with everyone’s favorite Parisian robots, according to an interview with the Chic frontman in Houston’s Culture Map. “Those guys are great,” said the man behind “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” “They’re coming to my apartment on Monday and we’re going to talk about making a new record together.”
This dream collaboration would mark Daft Punk‘s first proper album since 2005′s rather forgettable (yet ultimately redeemed) Human After All. It’s widely believe that the new effort with Rodgers, who has produced everyone from Superbowl superstar Madonna (Like A Virgin) to David Bowie (Let’s Dance) to Michael Bolton (um…) will be an R&B-influenced affair. It’s a genre Daft Punk have already proven themselves surprisingly capable of.
Truly tragic news today with word that Soul Train host and creator has died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. And while the world mourns this titan of funk, soul, R&B, disco and hip-hop, we decided the only true way to honor Cornelius is to go back and watch the show he created. Having aired from 1971-2006, with over 1,100 episodes, it’s impossible to find all the incredible gems Soul Train had to offer. But here’s URB’s selection of 15 live performances that are impossible to forget.