GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTIST SAM SPIEGEL DEBUTS “OBSESSION” FEATURING SOKO VIA BEATS 1 WITH TRAVIS MILLS

EPISODE THREE OF SPIEGEL-DIRECTED “WU TANG IN SPACE EATING IMPOSSIBLE SLIDERS” PREMIERES

“[Sam Spiegel is] the kind of guy whom you meet at a Hollywood house party and are sort of confused about what exactly he does for a living but you want to work with him on something, anything, nonetheless.” —Los Angeles Times

“[Spiegel’s N.A.S.A. project’s] tracks are a three-dimensional, ever-shifting combination of Brazilian, American and even African funk…chirpy pop choruses punctuate raps, and the beat stays brisk and unpredictable.” —The New York Times

Grammy-nominated DJ, music producer, composer and music/film director Sam Spiegel’s “Obsession,” featuring rising French singer, actress and model SoKo, is premiering now via Beats 1 with Travis Mills. Listen to the track’s first play at Beats 1 at https://apple.co/2Di9e6Z and share it via Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/samspiegeluniverse/obsession-feat-soko-1/s-f7TuE.

“Obsession” is “a song about obsessiveness beyond comprehension, the intensity of manifesting one’s desire at all costs, even if you don’t know why,” explains Spiegel. He continues, “I was at home writing this track with [the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’] Nick Zinner…and Soko walked through my studio on the way to a Puja moon ceremony and had an idea off of the top of her head for this song. This was a couple years ago. Now finally on Halloween, my birthday, we unleash our plan to steal the moon.”

In addition to the new track, Spiegel is also directing the web series “Wu Tang In Space Eating Invisible Sliders.” Shot in the style of ’60s and ’70s science fiction television shows such as “Star Trek,” the series stars Wu Tang Clan members RZA (having uploaded his consciousness into the computer RZA 9000), GZA and Ghostface Killah aboard their spaceship, the Wu-F-O, orbiting Earth while answering questions left by fans at 1-833-4-SLIDER and eating White Castle’s new all-vegetarian Impossible Slider (RZA and GZA are both vegan, while Ghostface Killah is a vegetarian). Watch/share episode three at https://youtu.be/Kjg0LoRVwKE and see the entire series at http://impossiblefoods.com/whitecastle/#episodes.

Spiegel’s recent singles mark his return from an extended musical hiatus during which he focused on his film work. His first new track in two years, “20 Below” featuring Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat, premiered earlier this year, hailed by Complex as “a chilled-out, soulful track with crisp percussion and warm synths that naturally incorporates smooth vocal performances from both Anderson .Paak and Doja Cat.” Listen to the track at https://bit.ly/2J6XsP6. Other recent tracks from Spiegel include “To Whom It May Concern” featuring Ceelo Green, Theophilus London and Alex Ebert (listen/share at http://cos.lv/crG530l6k77) and “One Last Time” featuring Goldilox and co-produced by AlunaGeorge’s George Reid (listen/share at https://bit.ly/2PR3HXb).

“Obsession,” “One Last Time,” “To Whom It May Concern” and “20 Below” are Spiegel’s first releases since his 2016 single “Mutant Brain” featuring Assassin (available via Interscope Records), which was featured as the soundtrack to the Spike Jonze-directed “Kenzo World” short film (hailed as “the greatest fragrance ad of all time” by Fast Company). The track reached #2 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 playlist and won the AICP “Best Music” award as well as two Gold Lions at the Cannes Lions Film Festival. Listen and watch the short film at https://youtu.be/ABz2m0olmPg.

Since Spiegel’s landmark collaborative project N.A.S.A. (with Brazilian DJ Zegon) debuted in 2009 with the album album The Spirit of Apollo featuring appearances by Kanye West, Childish Gambino, M.I.A., Tom Waits, RZA, David Byrne and many others. He has gone on to establish himself as a critically acclaimed music and film director, serving as music director for Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark” tour and Karen O’s Stop the Virgens theatrical project, the latter of which Spiegel co-wrote and produced with Karen.

In 2005 Spiegel founded his award-winning commercial music house, Squeak E. Clean, through which he has scored commercial campaigns for Nike, Adidas, Cadillac, Honda, Sonos and many more. Other highlights among Spiegel’s film credits are the scores to Spike Jonze’s Yeah Right!, the top-selling skate movie of all-time; HBO’s Pretty Things; Drew Barrymore’s Whip It and more. Spiegel’s track “Hello Tomorrow” won the Gold Lion for Best Music at the 2005 Cannes International Advertising Festival and Silver for Original Music at the 2006 Clio Awards upon being featured in an Adidas commercial directed by Jonze.

In 2015 Spiegel turned his attention to film direction with the video for the final track to be released by N.A.S.A., “Jihad Love Squad” feat. KRS-One. He went on to direct a pair of short films for National Geographic and CNN’s first-ever live commercial, which aired at 11:35 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve 2017 during CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” and received nearly 3.3 million live viewers.

SAM SPIEGEL ON THE MAKING OF “OBSESSION”
Obsession is a coalescence of the essence of Soko’s goth power, my Halloween baby spookiness, and both of our Scorpionic intensity. It’s a song about obsessiveness beyond comprehension, the intensity of manifesting one’s desire at all costs, even if you don’t know why. Soko’s my BFF and she used to live with me for several years. I was at home writing this track with Nick Zinner, another great friend of mine, and Soko walked through my studio on the way to a Puja moon ceremony and had an idea off of the top of her head for this song. This was a couple years ago. Now finally on Halloween, my birthday, we unleash our plan to steal the moon.

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