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The N.A.S.A. Alliance


Where did these dudes come from?? It’s not like on first listen, these tracks sound so radically different from some other electro hip-pop out there right now. But the duo Sam Spiegel (Squeak E. Clean) and Ze Gonzales (DJ Zegon) that make N.A.S.A. (North America/South America), have constructed what at least has potential to be a really great project. With a full-length release due next month and a complimenting documentary (?) in the works, they are at least worth keeping an eye on. You can’t really listen to their tracks without thinking ‘mashup,’ but leaving it at that seems somewhat dismissive of the incredible collaborative work that went into this endeavor. These aren’t mere remixes, but original tracks with a choir of featured artists that don’t make up your everyday trip down to the recording studio: David Byrne, Chuck D, Seu Jorge, Santogold, M.I.A., Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Kanye, Lykke Li… WTF?? So again, I ask – where did these dudes come from? Check their MySpace page for more.

N.A.S.A. –
Gifted (ft. Kanye West, Santogold and Lykke Li)
Whachadoin? (ft. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold and Nick Zinner)
from their upcoming album The Spirit of Apollo

  • wc

    That’s the same question I’ve been asking. I started getting these SqueakeClean newsletters (probably via Scion or Antics), and dismissed them as post-Hollertronix wannabes. But when I first heard of the music video involving Chuck D, Obey, and the director duo.. and then numerous other projects involving Santogold, Kanye, and seeing them perform on the same bill as Justice, its like I HAD to notice.

    And the song ‘Money’ has more to it than just its musical qualities.

    The album’s contributor list absolutely nuts. It has to come from their combined networking right? Speigel being Spike Jonze’s brother and former producer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

  • prince of ballard

    did sam spiegel, of spiegel catalog fame buy these artists??? everyone has a price. so maybe he used daddys money to gett these artists to work with a no-name?????? i’m not trying to hate, i’m just trying to make sense of somthing that doesnt add up.

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