Janelle Monáe is more commonly associated as a disciple of Prince and James Brown, but the R&B goddess also draws a good amount of influence from David Bowie. “I’m a huge David Bowie lover and comrade and he has been part of my musical DNA for quite some time,” she told NME.
Today, Monáe pays homage to the Thin White Duke with a rework of “Heroes”, turning the quintessential rocker into a funky dance song. “When you love your favorite song, you want to keep some of the beautiful qualities of the original, but we brought Atlanta in the drums and wanted them to be thick and hit hard. It’s like us reimagining it,” Monáe explained to Rolling Stone. “I thought, ‘If this song was in my dream, how would it get from our dream to my reality?’”
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The song was recorded as part of Pepsi’s 2014 “Now Is What You Make It” campaign and will soundtrack a Pepsi Max FutbolNow commercial during the 2014 World Cup.