Black Pumas Cover Rodriguez For ‘Spotify Singles’ & Perform On ‘Colbert’

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Black Pumas, who were Stephen Colbert’s musical guest on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show, unveiled their first ever Spotify Singles recordings. The Austin-based band covered “Sugar Man” by Rodriguez and reworked the Grammy-nominated “Colors” for Spotify Singles.

Side A of Black Pumas’ Spotify Singles features a take on “Colors,” the song the band performed on last night’s Colbert, recorded last year in Austin with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. “I was floored to see someone take something so specific to me and unapologetically integrate an eclectic blend of hip hop, jazz, and funk to speak their piece,” noted frontman Eric Burton of the collaboration with Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Black Pumas put their own spin on Rodriguez’s 1970 song “Sugar Man” for Side B of the two-track Spotify Singles set. “‘Sugar Man’ is one of those songs we’ve both been attracted to for years, from Rodriguez’s songwriting and performance to the production of Dennis Coffey, it’s inspired us in more ways than one and is one of those true timeless pieces of music,” explained guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada. “It was a total blast to dissect it and reinterpret in our voice.”

Listen to Black Pumas’ Spotify Singles and watch the band’s performance of “Colors” from last night’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert below:

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