Idris Elba has worked with Fatboy Slim on new music



New song was recorded for Elba’s new film ‘Bastille Day’


by Luke Morgan Britton, 12th April 2016


Fatboy Slim has revealed that he has worked with actor-turned-musician Idris Elba on new music.

NME spoke to the veteran DJ (real name Norman Cook) at Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria, where he revealed that a collaboration with Elba will be released in conjunction with Elba’s new film Bastille Day.

“I’ve just done something with Idris Elba for his next film, which is quite interesting,” Cook revealed. “I don’t know if it’s under wraps so I don’t want to get in trouble by saying too much. It’s called Bastille Day, and we’ve written a song together, and Idris sings on it which is fun.”

Explaining how the team-up came about, Cook added: “I’ve seen him DJ many times, that’s how we ended up knowing each other. We share the same management so we’re often on the bill together, and that’s how we became pals.”

Last year, Fatboy Slim and Elba collaborated together on a ‘dub’ version of ‘Uptown Funk’.

Alongside Elba, Bastille Day also stars Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Eriq Ebouaney and José Garcia. It sees Elba as a CIA agent trying to solve the case of a suspected bomb attack in Paris.

Asked whether he’s been working on any more new music, Fatboy Slim said: “I’ve been messing around with some film stuff. That’s kind of what’s turning me on at the moment. But the DJing just takes up most of my year.”

Idris Elba took to the decks to DJ before a Madonna gig in Berlin last November.

Elba also recently appeared on the official remix of Skepta’s single ‘Shutdown’. It saw Elba namecheck Stringer Bell, the character he played in US TV series The Wire, as he rapped: “See that Wire? Shut it down/Ain’t nobody else selling brown/Ain’t nobody else Stringer Bell/Boy from the East End did well.”


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