Wu Tang Clan rapper GZA and My Morning Jacket singer Jim James have written songs commissioned by NASA to celebrate a space probe reaching Jupiter.
NASA asked a series of musicians to write songs in honour of the Juno Mission’s probe, which is due to orbit Jupiter today (July 4).
Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder has produced GZA’s song ‘The Spark’, while James’ song ‘Everything (The Universe)’ is a duet with Lydia Burrell, who released the album ‘Safe’ in 2015.
Previously released songs for Juno Mission include Weezer’s I Love The USA[/a] and Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor’s Atticus Ross collaboration ‘Juno’. Other musicians to write for the project include Corinne Bailey Rae, Zoe and Quin.
‘The Spark’ follows GZA’s recent solo album ‘Dark Matter’, which was his first solo outing for eight years since 2008’s ‘Pro Tools’. Wu-Tang Clan recently said that Raekwon would be taking control of their next album, following RZA’s diversification into making an album with Interpol singer Paul Banks as Banks And Steelz as well as an album based on Atari games.
My Morning Jacket released a deluxe reissue of their 2003 album ‘It Still Moves’ in May, and they are also due to release a new album in 2017 based on unreleased material from their 2015 album ‘The Waterfall’