Aug 062010

If you’ve been sleeping on N.A.S.A., wake up. Their namesake may have seen better days, but the indie hip hop duo is riding high. Their album The Spirit of Apollo was one of 2009’s best. Any group that can pull together David Byrne, Kanye West, and Tom Waits (all of whom contributed vocals to the record) is worth notice.

The group is back with the latest from the same Dr. Martins’ series that saw the Noisettes cover the Buzzcocks. N.A.S.A. takes on reggae pioneer Max Romeo, turning his “Chase the Devil” into a space-age techno jam.

The real triumph here is the trippy claymation video though, which pits a dreadlocked hero against various incarnations of evil. Luckily he has his Super Boombox, which shoots out lasers at men who vaguely resemble Mao and Hitler (also Severus Snape) while the “Rastanaut” dances away. This all takes place in outer space, ‘cause that’s sort of this group’s thing. Watch the video below, then head to the Dr. Martins website to download the MP3.

N.A.S.A. – Chase the Devil (Max Romeo cover)

Check out more at 50 Years of Dr. Martins.

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