Brixton launch for Bowie tribute album

David Bowie’s first home – 40 Stansfield Road in Brixton – on the day after his death was announced in January 2016

A new tribute album to Brixton-born icon David Bowie is being launched with a night of music at Brixton Village.

On Friday 28 May the South London husband and wife DJ partnership Handson Family are presenting a set in the Village Courtyard.

Alongside Bowie classics will be tracks from the reimagined album Modern Love from UK-based label BBE.

Featured artists include the duo Kit Sebastian, whose sound covers genres from Anatolian Pyschedelia and Brazilian Tropicalia to 60s European pop and American jazz.

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The full track listing for the project is below.

  • 01 Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Life on Mars
  • 02 Helado Negro: Sound & Vision
  • 03 Kit Sebastian: Lady Grinning Soul
  • 04 Jeff Parker/The New Breed: Soul Love [featuring Ruby Parker]
  • 05 Sessa: Panic in Detroit
  • 06 The Hics: The Man Who Sold the World
  • 07 Khruangbin: Right
  • 08 Nia Andrews: Silly Boy Blue
  • 09 Foxtrott: Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family
  • 10 L’Rain: Move On
  • 11 Eddie Chacon/John Carroll Kirby: Tonight
  • 12 Jonsh Mutono: Modern Love
  • 13 Bullion: Where Are We Now
  • 14 Meshell Ndegeocello: Fantastic Voyage
  • 15 Matthew Tavares: Heroes
  • 16 King: Space Oddity

Album imagery is from LA artist Cori Maass.

Creation of the Bowie mural in Brixton in June 2013
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Brixton’s Bowie mural on the side of Morleys department store with artist Jimmy C when it was completed in 2013

Curated by music executive and DJ Drew McFadden and BBE founder Peter Adarkwah, the album showcases Bowie’s connection to soul, RnB and jazz.

“Certainly, there’s been plenty of Bowie covers over the years, but none that have really tapped into what seems to have been a big part of his core musical style and direction,” McFadden said.

This year will also see the 50th anniversary of the release of Hunky Doryon 17 December 1971 – his initially overlooked fourth album that marked the point at which Bowie began to create his own distinctive style.

To celebrate Modern Love and the accompanying tribute session on 28 May, Brixton Village is running a competition via Instagram.

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The three best Bowie-inspired images entered will win a copy of the album and a bottle of Market Row rum from the Brixton Distillery on Electric Lane.

The distillery will be serving Bowie-themed drinks at the Brixton Village late, including a twist on Bowie’s favourite Martini cocktail.

The event begins at 7pm and is free to attend.