We Are KING (formerly known as KING), which is now a duo composed of Amber and Paris Strother, is back with new music after a nearly five-year hiatus. Their new song, “Space Oddity,” is a remake of the pop icon David Bowie’s 1969 hit single.
Released on what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday, the cover serves as the first single from Modern Love, a tribute album ordered to highlight how soul, R&B, jazz, funk, and gospel impacted his iconic discography.
In a press statement, We Are KING revealed why they gravitated to Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity.”
“It’s so visual; it has always felt like time travel in a song,” explained the sister duo about what they called their favorite Bowie song. “It tells such a vivid and imaginative story of Major Tom’s trip through space, and it was such a cool experience to reimagine what it’d be like on the voyage.”
Modern Love, expected to arrive on May 28 via BBE Music, will feature additional appearances from Meshell Ndegeocello, Nia Andrews, Jonsh Mutono, Matthew Tavares, Khruangbin, and more.
We Are KING earned a Grammy nomination in Best Urban Contemporary Album for their 2016 self-titled debut album.
Listen to “Space Oddity,” along with its instrumental, below.