American producer/DJ Squeak E Clean (aka Sam Spiegel) is putting the finishing touches on his latest project NASA (North America South America), which features a dream team of artists including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Red Hot Chili Peppers John Fruscinate, MIA, CSS‘s Lovefoxxx, Tom Waits and David Byrne, as previously reported.
Spiegel, who has been working with co-collaborator DJ Zegon (aka Ze Gonzales) on the album for the past five years, has recruited Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley and Wu Tang Clan‘s Ghostface Killah to lay down vocals for the final tracks.
“Cee-Lo has the most amazing voice of anyone I’ve ever recorded–he has so much soul,” Spiegel told NME.COM.
Spiegel explained that he’d been trying to get Cee-Lo into his studio for several months, and had almost given up hope when he finally got a call from his manager to schedule the session. They laid down the track ‘To Whom It May Concern’ at Spiegel‘s Los Angeles studio. “I was so psyched,” he said.
Spiegel also recruited his friend, Klaxons‘ James Righton, to do a spoken word intro to the album.
Spiegel said he plans to complete the album by January 1.
NASA still haven’t signed with a record label, although several have been knocking on their door. “We’ve been talking to a lot of labels but we’re not sure which way we’re gonna go,” he said.
“The state of major labels right now is kind of chaotic, and I’m really progressive in how music should get out there,” he added.
–By our Los Angeles staff.