Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe covers Paul McCartney’s ‘Temporary Secretary’ with Darkstar – listen

The cover comes a week after Darkstar's new track with Zomby

Darkstar have unveiled a collaboration with Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thorpe.

The artists have teamed up to cover Paul McCartney’s 1980 song ‘Temporary Secretary’.

The cover comes a week after Darkstar unveiled new song ‘Quandry’, featuring Zomby. ‘Quandry’ was the Leeds duo’s first new song since singer James Buttery left in 2014. Darkstar began as a duo of Aidan Whalley and James Young in 2007, but recruited Buttery before 2010’s debut album ‘North’.


Listen to the ‘Temporary Secretary’ cover below.

Darkstar’s new album, their fourth, is due for release on Warp Records this year. It isn’t yet clear if the collaborations with Zomby and Thorpe mean that they will be recruiting a series of guest vocalists for the album.

Wild Beasts play at Spain’s MBC Festival on Saturday (April 4), with their only confirmed festival show in Britain coming at Latitude on July 17, followed by Ireland festival Longitude two days later.

‘Temporary Secretary’, which featured on Paul McCartney’s album ‘McCartney II’, has been acclaimed as an early slice of techno. McCartney said of the song: “The sound is like a space typewriter. It’s a sequence machine. I used it to give me a tempo and I made up the song as I went along. It’s a little influenced by Ian Dury.”