Black Einstein is both the musical pseudonym of London based producer Colin Emmanuel and the name of his new collective project. “Whatever Happened To Major Tom” is it’s Bowie inspired debut offering, available as a free download from November 15th from

From the Black Einstein Collective It features the talented soulful singers Miss Baby Sol andXavier Barnet and the MC skills of Mystro and Maseo from De La Soul.

Built through friendships formed within the global musicians community, the collective centers around Colin Emmanuel (formerly known as C Swing) and builds on his previous solo release,Emmanuel – D’llusions of Grandeur.

Produced entirely by Colin (who has worked with a variety of internationally respected artists including Eric Roberson, Estelle, Jamelia, The Beta Band, Nate James, Sly & Robbie, KRS1 and Beverly Knight to name a few), the 5 song project takes Bowie songs and musical breaks and puts them into Black Einstein’s arena where Hip Hop, Soul, Latin, Drum & Bass and other genres are mixed together to an incredible effect.

“It Aint Easy” and “Fascination” are the Bowie covers reinterpreted by the soulful vocals ofXavier Barnet (Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Ashford & Simpson, Percy Sledge).

Breaks from “Breaking Glass” and “The Secret Life of Arabia” become “Glass Ceiling” and

“Arabia” which respectively see UK MC Mystro‘s (Junior Reid, Skinny Man, Mark de Clive Lowe, Jehst, Daniel Merriweather (Mark Ronson), The Nextmen, Dawn Penn, Blak Twang, P-Money, Rodney P, Braintax, Hilltop Hoods, Masta Ace) impeccable rap flow take charge. “Arabia” also sees Mystro teaming up with Maseo, Plug 3 OF De La Soul.

The classic “Space Oddity” is sampled and flipped for Miss Baby Sol (Paloma Faith, ROX, Tinchy Strider, Lazy Habits, Nutty P, Ty, DJ Ironk) who delivers a heartfelt vocal performance oozing with raw emotion, the end result being the anthemic “Common Ground”.

Look out for Black Einstein’s forthcoming 5-track EP inspired by David Bowie, titled Whatever Happened To Major Tom, coming soon for free download – produced entirely by Colin Emmanuel with guest vocalists Xavier Barnett, Mystro, Baby Sol and Maseo from De La Soul.


‘Arabia’ featuring Mystro & Maseo Plug 3 from De La Soul