The burly, bearded Rick Rubin has left a sizable creative stamp on hip-hop, rock and pop music for the past four decades, producing such iconic albums as The Cult's Electric, Johnny Cash's American Recordings, Slayer's Reign in Blood, The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication, Nine Inch Nails' Further Down the Spiral, The Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill, System of a Down's Mezmerize and Hypnotize and on and on. A founder of Def Jam Recordings while still a student at New York University and former co-president of Columbia Records, his mad genius also brought us the rock/rap collaboration of Aerosmith and Run-DMC's generation-defining Walk This Way.
Now Rubin is turning his production wizardry to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars Head Space, a wild new Star Wars concept album crammed with electronica dance music and actual sampled sound effects and clips from the Star Wars Universe. It's being released by Hollywood Records and American Recordings and features 15 Star Wars-inspired tracks by a stellar lineup of influential and up-and-coming electronic music artists.
Have a listen to a trio of sample tracks from the official site:
Here's the complete Star Wars Head Space track list::
1. C-3P0’s Plight Kaskade
2. Help Me! GTA
3. Force TroyBoi
4. Cantina Boys Baauer
5. Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work (feat. A-Trak) Shag Kava
6. R2 Knows (feat. Barry Drift) Claude VonStroke
7. NR-G7 Rick Rubin
8. Ghomrassen Bonobo
9. Bounty Hunters Röyksopp
10. Sunset Over Manaan ATTLAS
11. R2 Where R U? Flying Lotus
12. Druid Caravan of Smoke Shlohmo
13. EWOK PUMPP Rustie
14. Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder Galantis
15. Star Tripper Breakbot
This trippy album of original Star Wars dance music might even make me toss out my vintage disco Star Wars album by Meco! Track #5 by Shag Kava is a house remix of J.J. Abrams’ and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Jabba Flow” from Maz Kanata's Palace in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This aural odyssey could be just the otherworldly experience we're looking for to help get us through the interminably long wait until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December. Star Wars Headspace and will be released digitally on Feb. 18, and retail stores on March 18.
Are you down with the sci-fi sounds of the legendary Rubin's new outer space album?