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Even if you don't immediately recognize his name, you're probably familiar with Sam Spiegel's work in some capacity.
The debut album of his collaborative N.A.S.A. project with DJ Zegon featured big name guests like Kanye West, Childish Gambino, M.I.A., and RZA. He's also spent time behind-the-scenes as the music director for Kanye's Glow in the Dark Tour and has composed original scores for films like Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and Yeah Right!
Now, Spiegel is spending more time on solo music under his own name and today he's releasing a new single called "20 Below." It's a chilled-out, soulful track with crisp percussion and warm synths that naturally incorporates smooth vocal performances from both Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat.
"Since giving up the N.A.S.A. name, I signed a deal with Interscope Records in 2016 and released my first ever Sam Spiegel song, 'Mutant Brain,' which was featured in this Kenzo perfume ad," he explains in an open letter to fans. "Since then, Interscope has held me from releasing any new music. I’m finally free of my deal with them, and I have so much music that was sitting around waiting to be released."
Spiegel says he has plans to slowly roll out 20+ singles over the next two years. "The music was made over such a long period of time—some of it even when I was still using the N.A.S.A. moniker—that it lacks a cohesive idea that threads the songs together to make it work as an album project," he explains. "I tend to enjoy making very conceptual albums, and I feel that this collection of songs doesn’t really work as one. I’ve decided to release all twenty or so songs one-by- one over the next two years as singles, which will all be packaged together at the end as a collection called Random Shit From the Internet Era."
Check out "20 Below."